Urinetown Prequel May Get Workshop at O'Neill Conference

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Tony Award winners Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, who penned the book and score for the recently closed Urinetown, may workshop the prequel to that musical at this summer's Eugene O'Neill Music Theatre Conference, Variety reported.

The O'Neill will make its selections of the coming conference in April. No definite decisions have been made at this time. Hollmann, who wrote music and lyrics for Urinetown, previously said of the new musical, "The story is totally original, and we consider this one to be another part of a trilogy, of which Urinetown is the center piece. This one will be the first installment of a trilogy." The work has no title as of yet.

Kotis, who wrote Urinetown's book and additional lyrics, added, "[This new work] is unproduceable in the same way we thought Urinetown was unproduceable. Its subject matter is absurd and risque. But we do hope to see it produced."

Urinetown began life at the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival. It played a late spring/early summer Off-Broadway commercial run in 2001 and jumped to Broadway, opening Sept. 20, 2001, at the Henry Miller Theatre, after previews from Aug. 27. Urinetown closed Jan. 18, 2004, after 965 performances and 25 previews.

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