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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
November 4, 2005

Carnegie Mellon School of Drama to Perform "Urinetown"

School of Drama Is the First Theatre Group in Pennsylvania Given the License To Perform "Urinetown," the Tony Award®-Winning Musical

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will be the first theatre group in Pennsylvania given the license to perform the breakthrough Broadway Tony Award®-winning show "Urinetown" in Pennsylvania. "Urinetown" will preview December 1 and run through December 10, 2005.

John Carrafa, a member of the original creative team on "Urinetown," and Tony-nominated as the original choreographer of the production, will guest-direct the production for the School of Drama.

Carrafa said his involvement is a tribute to the high standard of musical theatre training he sees when he encounters Carnegie Mellon students in audition situations.

"Urinetown" is the winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Circle Critics Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards. Based on the book and lyrics by Greg Kotis and the music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, "Urinetown" is a brilliantly funny and engaging satire of musical theatre traditions with the edge of a Brecht cabaret.

Richard Zoglin from Time magazine said the musical, "aims for comic heights and keeps the audience soaring!" The production began at New York's famed Fringe Festival, transferred to a small off-Broadway house, and then defied all odds to conquer Broadway.

Carrafa, a critically acclaimed director and choreographer, is recognized worldwide. On Broadway he was the choreographer for "Into the Woods" (Tony Award nomination), "Dirty Blonde" and "Dance of the Vampires." He has choreographed 20 feature films including "The Thomas Crown Affair," "The Last Days of Disco" and the recently released movie "The Polar Express."

The School of Drama is one of the nation's most distinguished degree-granting professional conservatory theatre programs and is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts.

For additional information about the upcoming season or ticket purchases please contact the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407, Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. For more information on the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or by email at or visit


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