Promotional art for POOP: The Musical.
Composer Major explained his take on the "ridiculous, screwball comedy" to Playbill On-Line "Despite the euphemistic song titles and character names, it's a very tasteful show."
Among the tongue-in-cheek song titles are "Why I’m Not a Floater," "Number Two," "I’m Regular!" "The Obligatory Prostitute Song," "Old Man Peedov's Lament," "Brown," "Toilet Paper," "The Hard One That Hurts," "Midnight Grunts (Nightmare Sequence)," "I Can’t Hold It In" and "Finale/ Requiem for Poop."
The cast of characters include the title role of Thomas Crapper (McDonald), his apprentice/nephew George Crapper (Foa), Albert Giblin, Urina Giblin, Prunella, the paperboy Pip, Sister Mary Turdelia, the obligatory prostitute Fecia, Constable Judass Thompson, Queen Victoria, Old Man Peedov and Ass Raisin.
The reading will also feature Jay Rogers, Tari Kelly, Leslie Henstock, Ryan Binder, Kim Cea, Andre Ward and Jennifer Jordan Rhoads — who Major pointed out is "the only cast member who has been with the show since its initial conception."
The touchy subject matter-focused musical calls to mind Urinetown. The Fringe show-cum-Broadway favorite is set in a fictional town crippled by a terrible water shortage, causing the government to outlawed the use of private toilets. The similarly titled tuner, POOP, is set in 1888's London, which is crippled by inefficient plumbing and sewer systems, solved only by the invention of the toilet.
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— by Ernio Hernandez