Last week, the Dodgers threw their “42nd Street” party at the grand ballroom of the Marriott Marquis. For their “Urinetown!” tuner, it was beer-blast night on Sunday at Ye Olde Tripple Inn.
Dodgers partner Ed Strong said they were not ruling out the Big Time if and when the show transfers from its tiny turf at the American Theatre of Actors, a converted courtroom on West 54th Street.
“The show belongs on or near Broadway. It has so many references to Broadway,” said the producer, pointing out the tuner’s takeoffs on “West Side Story” and “Les Miz,” among others. “The show belongs here more than downtown.”
Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann didn’t always have so much faith in their own show, set in a city where the citizens must pay to relieve themselves.
“We thought it might be a disaster and considered changing the title,” recalled Kotis, the co-lyricist and book writer.
Fortunately, John Clancy of the Fringe Festival, where “Urinetown!” was original staged in 1999, prevailed. According to Kotis, Clancy told them, “We’re doing 150 shows this summer and most of the calls are about ‘Urinetown!.’ “