The Book of Mormon on Broadway
The makers of hit animated sitcom South Park have been back on Broadway for a while with their musical, The Book of Mormon, which is a religious satire telling the story of two missionaries preaching the Book of Mormon to unreceptive locals in a remote Ugandan village who have other things like war, AIDS and disease on their minds.
Emmy-Award winners create magic
The show, created by the Emmy-Award winning team of Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone showcase the creators' fascination with Mormonism and musicals that is also evident in the South Park episode 'All About Mormons'. Presented in two acts, the show's musical numbers played by a nine-piece orchestra bagged the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album in 2012. The show has also won nine Tony Awards since opening night, one of them for Best Musical.
A winner all the way
During its first year of running, the show remained consistent as one of the top 5 best-selling Broadway shows. For the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, it set 22 new records for weekly sales.
Since May 2011 an original cast recording has been made available to preserve for posterity. The cast album reached the third position on the Billboard Charts. It has been 4 decades since a Broadway cast album reached so high on the charts.
History of the Show on Broadway
The show was in development for nearly seven years before it opened in Broadway on March 24, 2011 and caused quite a stir. The Book of Mormon New York edition was first shown at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York, NY, having previewed earlier on February 24.
The show receives recognition & awards
It went on to become an instant phenomenon winning excellent critical response, 5 Drama Desk Awards and 3 Outer Circle Critics' Awards. The original production started out with Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells as the two leads. For the currently-running production, Matt Doyle plays the role of Elder Price and Jon Bass plays the role of Elder Cunningham.
The production is choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. It is co-directed by Nicholaw and Trey Parker. Producer Scott Rudin (having produced South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut with the creative team earlier) had initially planned to stage the show off Broadway at a New York Theater Workshop in 2010. Production costs were below the budgeted $11 million, at $9 million. 28 actors were cast of the hundreds that auditioned.
Following 4 weeks of rigorous rehearsals, and a 2-week stint of meticulous technical rehearsals, the show went into previews. The first full-orchestra preview of the show that the producers heard was only six days before the first public viewing.
Current Show Schedule
The Book of Mormon New York plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York with 2 shows every day of the year. Tickets are available online at telecharge.com, by phone or at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Box Office window. Since reports of some cases of fraudulent tickets have come to light, its' recommended that you purchase your tickets only from the above official sources. Since shows can get sold-out fast, it's a good idea to book early. There are also Premium and American Express seats available for the best viewing locations. This is one Broadway show that should not be given a miss.