‘Urinetown’ hits road

Tour begins in San Francisco in 2003

This article was corrected on March 21, 2002.

NEW YORK — “Urinetown” is beginning to look like the little tuner that could.

Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s unlikely hit musical about a drought-inflicted city whose citizens are charged a fee to pee is now a national tour.

At least it will be on June 17, 2003, when the Broadway show kicks off a string of road engagements at the Geary Theater in San Francisco. Cities to follow include Denver, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Washington, D.C., with others to be announced.

The “Urinetown” tour will be produced by the Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals with TheatreDreams, Lauren Mitchell and the American Conservatory Theatre, which is based at the Geary. Creative team remains the same as on the Broadway production.

“Urinetown” immediately captured press and audience attention when it opened at the Fringe Festival summer 2000 in the East Village. Ten months later, the Araca Group and the Dodgers transferred it to Off Broadway, then planned a fall 2001 preem on Broadway at the Henry Miller Theater. The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, however, delayed that opening a few days. Speculation immediately developed that the show’s dark, edgy humor and subject matter would alienate Broadway theatergoers in search of more escapist, lighthearted fare.

Six months later, “Urinetown” continues its successful run at the Henry Miller Theater.

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