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November 29, 2012

NU musical deals with basic bodily functions

Night & Day — It’s the unlikliest holiday show ever. There is no Christmas theme. And it deals with an unmentionable body product that is fully disclosed in the title. But the director promises a very funny show.

“We’re having more fun than should probably be allowed,” said Steven Braddock, director of the Theatre Department at Niagara University, describing rehearsals for the production which he is directing. 

The musical was described a decade ago by one of the original cast members as “a love letter to the American musical ... in the form of a grenade,” Braddock said. 

The play is called “Urinetown,” and it’s a Broadway musical about efforts by the government to outlaw private bathrooms and make people pay to use public facilities.  The play references many popular Broadway productions, Braddock said.

“It’s a Tony Award winning musical which makes fun of Tony Award winning musicals,” Braddock explained. “It’s not preachy at all but has an underlying message about the challenges we have as a society being sustainable.”

“The worst thing about the play is the name itself,” he said. “But the best thing, depending on your prospective is that if you are a musical theatre afficianado you’ll find tremendous reverent yet deferential references to beloved musicals like Les Miserable, Evita and West Side Story.” 

The musical was described a decade ago by one of the original cast members as “a love letter to the American musical ... in the form of a grenade.” 

The production is on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, and 7:30 p.m. on  Dec. 7,  Dec. 8,  Dec. 14, and  Dec. 15.  Matinees will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 (with post-show discussion),  Dec. 15 and 16.

Ticket prices range from $8 for young attendees to $14 general admission. 

There are three ways to purchase tickets for NU Theatre productions: online at; in person at the box office in the lobby of the Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall Monday-Friday 2:30-5:30 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain at the box office; by phone at 286-8685 or send e-mail

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