Baldwinsville: 'Urinetown' makes big splash

Act 1 climaxes with the entire company vocalizing different lyrics simultaneously, and "Urinetown" authors Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman wisely reprise that device late in Act 2 when Baum, Ali and Gregg Bilyeau skillfully overlap their voices with Taylor and Pearson on "Why Did I Listen to that Man?"

Those numbers ring out impressively, but the musical's showstopper is the gospel-flavored "Run, Freedom, Run" featuring Taylor and the rebellious ensemble.

"Urinetown" shines as one of the best shows in BTG's recent history. In case you need further encouragement to get your ticket, consider the cute-as-a-button Kaleigh Pfohl - who played Adelaide in BTG's 2006 production of "Guys and Dolls." In "Urinetown," Pfohl will win your heart as Little Sally, an easily confused, teddy-bear-hugging ragamuffin.

Other ensemble standouts include the rubber-faced Ceara Windhausen as Billy Girl Bill, Donnie Williams as the knife-wielding Hot Blades Harry, red-headed Korrie Strodel as Little Becky Two Shoes, and beautiful brunette Holly Ross as Julie Cassidy, the lady who just can't hold it any longer.

The Tony Award-winning "Urinetown: The Musical" continues at the First Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., at 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at 3 p.m. on March 20, and at 7:30 p.m. March 25 and 26. Tickets cost $20, $17 for students, and $17 for seniors at the March 20 matinee only; 877-4183; baldwinsvilletheatreguild.org.

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