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The Book of Mormon is the hot new show that proves Broadway musicals can still make you laugh out loud. It’s a religious satire musical with book, lyrics and music by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q, so buy your Book of Mormon tickets today and you’ll be in for an amazing show.
The musical tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. The pair of missionaries try to share the Book of Mormon and convert the local population (“All American Prophet”), but have trouble connecting with the people, who are more worried about war, famine, poverty and AIDS than about religion (“Hasa Diga Eebowai”).
While everyone’s favorite Mormon Elder Price is overwhelmed by the experience of the Ugandan villagers (“Spooky Mormon Hell Dream”), eternal sidekick Elder Cunningham rises to the occasion, enchanting them with stories from the Book of Mormon that may or may not actually be part of their religion (“Making Things Up Again”). He doesn’t know--he’s never read it.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park went to see Avenue Q on Broadway as part of their research for a new film in the summer of 2003, where they met the writer-composers, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Each camp wanted to write something involving Joseph Smith, and the idea behind The Book of Mormon was born.
In 2006, Parker, Stone and Lopez wrote the basic story and first few songs of the musical. A half-dozen developmental workshops were staged over the next four years, until The Book of Mormon premiered at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway on March 24, 2011. During its first year, the show was consistently one of the top five best-selling shows on Broadway and The Book of Mormon tickets set 22 new weekly sales records for the theater.
The first North American tour began previews on August 14, 2012 in Denver, before moving to Los Angeles with an official opening of September 12. The first replica production opened on December 19, 2012 in Chicago, eventually becoming the second national tour. A UK production debuted in the West End on February 25, 2013 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, and the Broadway, West End and both national tour productions are all still ongoing today.
Andrew Rannells (Elder Price, Original Broadway)
Josh Gad (Elder Cunningham, Original Broadway)
Nikki M. James (Nabulungi, Original Broadway)
Rory O’Malley (Elder McKinley, Original Broadway)
Michael Potts (Mafala Hatimbi, Original Broadway)
Gavin Creel (Elder Price, Original First US Tour and West End)
Jared Gertner (Elder Cunningham, Original First US Tour and West End)
Nic Rouleau (Elder Price, Current Broadway)
Ben Platt (Elder Cunningham, Current Broadway)
Tony: Best Musical (2011)
Tony: Best Book of a Musical (2011)
Tony: Best Original Score (2011)
Tony: Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Nikki M. James (2011)
Tony: Best Direction of a Musical (2011)
Drama Desk: Outstanding Musical (2011)
Drama Desk: Outstanding Lyrics (2011)
Grammy: Best Musical Theater Album (2012)
Oliver: Best New Musical (2014)
Oliver: Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel (2014)