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Urinetown is an American [[TheMusical musical]] [[BlackComedy dark comedy]] by Mark Holloman and Greg Kotis, about a dystopian [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture future]] in which there has been a catastrophic drought, and the [[MegaCorp Urine Good Company]] and its [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEO Caldwell B. Cladwell]] have gotten laws passed outlawing private restrooms and requiring payment for the usage of public ones, so as to conserve water. Those who do not pay for "The Privilege to Pee" are sent to a mysteriously ominous place known only as Urinetown. For twenty years the poor have been oppressed by ridiculous prices, until one day a young Public Amenity attendant named [[TheHero Bobby Strong]] leads an uprising of the Poor against the tyranny of their oppressors.

The original Broadway production was directed by John Rando and featured John Cullum as Cladwell and Hunter Foster as Bobby. It opened at Henry Miller's Theatre on September 10, 2001 and closed January 18, 2004, garnering rave reviews during its tenure, as well as ten Tony nominations.

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!!This musical provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Big enough for a secret hideout and several dance numbers.
* AffablyEvil: Officer Lockstock is often interpreted this way, though as the narrator, he might just have this attitude because he is AboveGoodAndEvil.
* AllKnowingSingingNarrator: Officer Lockstock, along with Little Sally.
* AllThereInTheScript: Many of the characters have names which are never spoken, such as Hot Blades Harry and Little Becky Two-Shoes (who both sing "Snuff that Girl"), as well as Robby the Stockfish, Billy Boy Bill, Soupy Sue, and Tiny Tim.
** As well as Bobby's mother, Josephine, who apparently married a man named Joseph.
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:Bobby, in "Tell Her I Love Her".]]
* AngryMobSong: Multiple. The righteous anger expressed in "Look at the Sky" becomes sadistic and murderous in "Snuff That Girl" and ultimately, "We're Not Sorry".
* ArcWords: Today/Tomorrow. Bobby, Hope and the revolutionaries care about Today, as in living day to day while Caldwell and the UGC care about Tomorrow and planning ahead. [[spoiler: Tomorrow ends up being the right path to take; once those in favor of 'Today' take over, the water dries up.]]
* BetterThanABareBulb
* BigBad: Caldwell B. Cladwell.
* [[BigWhat Big "WHAA-?"]]: Used as a RunningGag.
* BigNo: Shouted by Hope during the so-proclaimed [[MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber Act One Finale]]. and there's also a Big '''RUN!'''.
* BlackComedy
* BoundAndGagged: Hope.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:When [[LoveMakesYouEvil Bobby Strong is sent to Urinetown]], the normally innocent, albeit painfully naive Hope Cladwell snaps completely, becomes the rebellion's new leader and ''murders her beloved father''.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Officer Lockstock and Little Sally.
* CloudCuckooLander: Hope Cladwell
* CoDragons: Officers Lockstock and Barrel.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Numerous characters do this throughout the show. Hope especially misses the point of "Don't Be The Bunny".
-->'''Hope:''' But Daddy, we're talking about people, not animals.
* ContractualImmortality: Lampshaded by Lockstock after "We're Not Sorry": He's the narrator, so they can't touch him.
* ConversationalTroping: Throughout. Especially with Officer Lockstock and Little Sally.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Cladwell again.
* CorruptPolitician: Fipp.
* DaddysGirl: Hope Cladwell. That is all.
* DarkReprise: Spoilers abound here: [[spoiler:"It's A Privilege to Pee" gets one final verse from Lockstock and Barrel in "Don't Be Like Him". "Urinetown" has no less than three - Hope's part of the Act I Finale, Lockstock and Barrel's part in "Why Did I Listen To That Man?", and the very end of "I See A River". "Follow Your Heart" has one in "Your Heart". Arguably, "We're Not Sorry" has one in "I'm Not Sorry" - this one has a tempo change from fast to slow. Only "Your Heart" has identical lyrics - the choruses of "Urinetown" are very close, but changed for each situation, and the rest are just reused melodies.]]
* DawsonCasting: Little Sally is most often played by a grown woman who looks/is made to look like a little girl.
* {{Deconstruction}}
* DeconstructorFleet
* DownerEnding: Played for dark comedy.
* {{Dystopia}}
* DystopianEdict: You have to pay in order to pee.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Officer Lockstock = bass.
* FearIsTheAppropriateResponse: "Run, Freedom, Run!" is a whole musical number where Bobby encourages the resistance to scamper like rabbits when danger comes. [[GospelRevivalNumber In over-the-top Gospel style]], of course.
* FinalLoveDuet
* FollowYourHeart: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Follow Your Heart"]]
* FourthWallGreeting: "Well, hello there, and welcome to ''Urinetown''[[note]]Not the place, of course. The musical.[[/note]]"
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Bobby being told he will end up like his father, who is sent to Urinetown in the first scene.]]
* GospelRevivalNumber: "Run, Freedom, Run."
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Bobby's idealistic freedom fighters [[spoiler:ultimately become bloodthirsty murderers, and their failure to plan for the future has dire consequences]]. Meanwhile, Cladwell is milking a horrible situation for personal profit and gleefully disregards the well-being of the poor, but [[spoiler:his draconic policies of water conservation are keeping everyone alive...that is, until he is overthrown]].
* GreekChorus: Officer Lockstock and Little Sally
* HeelFaceTurn: One production chose to portray [[spoiler:Senator Fipp]] as doing this. And in all versions, [[spoiler:[[HighHeelFaceTurn Ms Pennywise]] also does this, revealing that [[LukeIAmYourFather Hope is actually her daughter.]]]]
* HomoeroticSubtext: [[spoiler:Barrell to Lockstock.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Officer Lockstock:''' I love the people of this community, Mr. Barrell. Very much. Cladwell's edicts may be their only chance.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Officer Barrell:''' [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove And I love you. Very much.]]]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Officer Lockstock:''' I see.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Officer Barrell:''' "[[SarcasmMode Well that went well]]".]]
* TheHero: Bobby Strong is all kinds of this.
* IdiotHero: ''Hope''. Bobby has [[{{Pun}} strong]] flavors of this as well.
* InferredHolocaust: Penny Pennywise remembers and expands on this
* TheIngenue: Hope Cladwell is all kinds of this.
* InteractiveNarrator: Officer Lockstock
* ItGetsBetter: {{Parodied}} and {{Defied}} in "Too Much Exposition". [[invoked]]
--> '''Officer Lockstock:''' Whoa there, Little Sally. Not [[InfoDump all at once]]. They'll hear more about the water shortage [[NoFourthWall in the next scene]].\\
'''Little Sally:''' Oh, I guess you don't want to overload them with too much exposition, huh?\\
'''Officer Lockstock:''' Everything in its time, Little Sally. You're too young to understand it now, but nothing can kill a show like too much exposition.
* [[KickTheDog Kick The Bunny]] - Mr. Cladwell raises this to an art form and then sings a helpful instructive song: "Don't Be the Bunny."
* LampshadeHanging: The show gets half its laughs and most of its soul from this.
* LaResistance: The Poor, as rallied together by Bobby.
* LawEnforcementInc
* {{Leitmotif}}: The music that plays when Cladwell and Penny [[WeMeetAgain meet again]] and when they discuss their pasts.
* LittleMissSnarker: Little Sally has shades of this.
* LoadBearingBoss: Cladwell again.
* LoveAtFirstSight / LoveAtFirstNote: Bobby and Hope are immediately attracted to one another, but it's not until they sing "Follow Your Heart" that they're in love.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Penny Pennywise to Hope Cladwell.]]
* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: The Act I Finale and perhaps "What is Urinetown" fit this trope.
* MeaningfulName / PunnyName: Bobby Strong, Hope, Penny Pennywise, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock,_stock,_and_barrel Officers Lockstock and Barrel]], and, of course, the Urine Good Company.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: "I See a River, Flowing for Freedom" is a great catchphrase for a new revolution, until [[spoiler:you realize that ''all the water is gone,'' and the townsfolk keep telling themselves that saying]] "I See a River Just In You" [[spoiler:means they won't die of dehydration.]]
* MediumAwareness: Officer Lockstock and Little Sally.
* MegaCorp: The [[PunnyName Urine Good Company]]
* MetaGuy: Officer Lockstock. He seems to be training Little Sally to become this.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
** On multiple occasions, Hope and Bobby seem to get a little confused on when they're talking about a metaphorical FollowYourHeart or a literal blood-pumping organ.
---> '''Bobby:''' Did you mean what you said about everyone having a heart?\\
'''Hope:''' Well, sure I did. Do you think you'd be feeling as bad as you do if you didn't have a heart?\\
'''Bobby:''' I don't know. I suppose not.\\
'''Hope:''' Of course you wouldn't, because then you'd be dead!
** Caldwell and Hope both seem to lose the point of "Don't Be The Bunny"; Caldwell by expanding on it too much and Hope by ComicallyMissingThePoint.
--->'''Hope:''' A little bunny at a tollbooth?
--->'''Cladwell:''' You heard me.
--->'''Hope:''' But Daddy, bunnies don't drive cars.
--->'''Cladwell:''' Oh, don't they?!
--->'''Hope:''' No, actually, I don't think they do.
* MissingMom: Hope's mother. [[spoiler: Later, she's revealed to be Ms. Pennywise]]
* MoneySong: "Mr. Cladwell" has elements of this.
* MrExposition: Officer Lockstock. Little Sally appears to be a Narrator-In-Training, learning, for instance, not to reveal ''too'' much Exposition at the start of the story.
* NecessarilyEvil: Cladwell, and, by extension, the entire UGC
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:The ending, when the heroes' overthrow of UGC results in an even worse drought.]]
* NobodyPoops: Curiously played straight. Although urination is the "central conceit of the show", bowel movements don't seem to be a concern. They are mentioned exactly once, in a throw-away line in "Privilege to Pee", and never brought up again.
* OneNationUnderCopyright: UGC has its own police. Enough said.
** Technically, the police just take bribes from the UGC, but in practice they seem to follow whatever orders Cladwell gives them.
* OriginalCastPrecedent: Little Becky Two Shoes being pregnant.
** The flashlights during The Cop Song.
* {{Parody}}: Of musicals and theater, to the point of being a {{Deconstruction}}. Examples:
** The main plot parodies ''The Cradle Will Rock'' and the LaResistance as it's portrayed in ''Theatre/LesMiserables''.
** "Look At The Sky" and "Act 1 Finale" are parodies of ''Les Mis'' as well, specifically "Do You Hear The People Sing?" and "One Day More".
** "What Is Urinetown?" is a parody of ''FiddlerOnTheRoof''.
** "Snuff That Girl" is a parody of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', specifically "Cool".
** Ms Pennywise is a parody of [[Theatre/MotherCourageAndHerChildren Mother Courage]] while Hope and, to a lesser extent, Bobby, are [[ParodySue Parody Sues]].
* PoliceBrutality: The "Cop Song". "If peace is what you're after / Urinetown's the rafter / to hang it on". Cladwell [[InvokedTrope invokes]] it in the Act One Finale as well, proclaiming that "A little brutality is ''exactly''' what these people need."
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mr. Cladwell to Bobby in the song ''Act 1 Finale'' and again in second act.
* ResearchInc: the Urine Good Company (UGC)
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: "But we can't kill [the hostage]! That makes us just as bad as [the UGC]!" [[spoiler:"Haven't you ''heard'', Little Sally? We ''are'' just as bad as them! [[{{Foreshadowing}} In fact, we're]] ''[[{{Foreshadowing}} worse]]!''"]]
* {{Room 101}}: [[spoiler:Urinetown, which is just being thrown off a building, but no one knows that.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Fipp repeatedly talks about running off to Rio, but Cladwell keeps convincing him to stay around. He eventually tries to run off during "We're Not Sorry", [[spoiler:only to be killed by the rebel poor.]]
* SeizeThem: Seize him/her/them gets shouted a few times.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: So, so, ''so'' heavy on the Cynicism.
* TheSomethingSong: "Cop Song" yet again.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Lampshaded
-->'''Little Sally:''' But the music's so happy!\\
'''Officer Lockstock:''' Yes, Little Sally. Yes it is.
* StarCrossedLovers: Bobby is the heroic everyman leading the revolution against the CorruptCorporateExecutive. Hope is said Executive's daughter. You can do the math.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: More often than not, Hope and Mr. Cladwell.
* TitleDrop: The title is also the name of a place that is referred to often.
* TokenMiniMoe: Little Sally
* TooMuchInformation: Fipp's speech to Hope in the first act slowly becomes this.
* UrineTrouble: The Musical!
* VillainSong: "Mr. Cladwell" is an up-tempo, happy version of this. "Cop Song" and "Don't Be the Bunny" are more traditional variants.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Cladwell may be this. Even with all his corruption and abuse of power, he's keeping the water the town uses at a steady level through his oppressive methods.
** Officer Lockstock may also be this, as he says he loves the people in the community and just wishes to keep them in check.
* WideEyedIdealist: Bobby Strong and Hope Cladwell.
* WritersCannotDoMath: The drought apparently has been going on for 20 years. Hope was conceived during the stink years, which would make her 19 at the most, and yet the play begins with her just having graduated from university.
* YesMan: Mr. [=McQueen.=]

!Inherently Spoileriffic Tropes

These tropes contain inherent spoilers. Just reading the titles will spoil the plot. Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned.

* [[spoiler:DeadlyEuphemism: Anyone sent to Urinetown is actually killed.]]
* [[spoiler:TheExtremistWasRight]]
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Bobby Strong dies.]]
* [[spoiler: ReleasedToElsewhere: Urinetown, for all the policemen's scare tactics, turns out to be a one-way trip off a building.]]

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