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Privilege to Pee

by Brian ORoark

The musical Urinetown presents a greedy businessman who deals with a water shortage by instituting a toilet tax.  If you don’t pay, you are banished, hence the “Privilege to Pee”.  In this song we see the basics of demand and supply played out and how a monopolist can interfere with the market.  Couple this with the indignity of paying for the privilege and you have the Tony winner for best musical score in 2002.

Privilege to Pee - from the musical Urinetown

The musical Urinetown presents a greedy businessman who deals with a water shortage by instituting a toilet tax. If you don’t pay, you are banished, hence the “Privilege to Pee”. In this song we see the basics of demand and supply played out and how a monopolist can interfere with the market. Couple this with the indignity of paying for the privilege and you have the Tony winner for best musical score in 2002.

from Privilege to Pee (2002)
Creator: Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann
Posted by Brian ORoark
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