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The Book of Mormon

Broadway Musical

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The deliciously irreverent musical, The Book of Mormon, shattered Broadway records and opened minds throughout the 2010-2011 Broadway season in New York. The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez. The production was choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and jointly directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the Emmy Award-winning creators of “South Park,” renown for its blue language and tackling the most sacred of topics with disregard and comedic cynicism. Casey Nicholaw has been the director-choreographer for several Broadway productions including Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Follies (2007), Elf, and All About Me. Robert Lopez won a 2003 Tony Award for Avenue Q.

The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011. The show was a hit even before audiences saw it because of its potential to hit the expletive jugular. The creators did not disappoint.

The storyline revolves around a group of Mormon missionaries who travel to Uganda to spread the news about Mormonism to the locals, only to find militants, poverty, an AIDS epidemic, and the realization that they know nothing about the contents of the writings in The Book of Mormon. Through carefully crafted comedic fodder, the production follows the standard musical theatre narrative, often compared to The Music Man by creators Parker and Stone.

The show has broken box office records for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre numerous times, earning over a million dollars weekly. Mormon pulled in $1,346,814.50 for the week of October 23, 2011, catching up to Broadway’s gravy train of Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked and Disney’s The Lion King.

On May 17, 2011, the original Broadway cast album of the show was released digitally, ahead of the CD release. Word of mouth praise and numerous award nominations for The Book of Mormon spurred sales, helping it to reach #1 on the Billboard Charts, a feat not achieved by a Broadway album in 40 years.

Production

The Book of Mormon runs 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission, and plays 8 performances per week, with more added for holiday weeks. A national tour will begin in Denver, Colorado, in August 2012. Additionally, the creators Parker and Stone have said they may pursue a major motion picture based on their musical phenomenon.

The Book of Mormon features set design by Scott Pask, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, with music direction and vocal arrangements also by Stephen Oremus. Costume design is by Ann Roth, a five-time Tony Award nominee for costume designs on The Crucifer of Blood, The Royal Family, Present Laughter, The House of Blue Leaves, and The Book of Mormon, and an Academy Award winner for The English Patient.

Starring in The Book of Mormon is a cast of fresh faces that exude youthful energy and blissful naïveté. In the lead on Opening Night were Josh Gad as “Elder Cunningham,” Andrew Rannells as “Elder Price,” Nikki M. James as “Nabalungi,” Rory O’Malley as “Elder McKinley” Michael Potts as “Mafala Hatimbi,” with a supporting ensemble in various roles: Lewis Cleale, Brian Tyree Henry, Scott Barnhardt, Justin Bohon, Graham Bowen, Darlesia Cearcy, Kevin Duda, Jared Gertner, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Tyson Jennette, Clark Johnsen, Valisia LeKae, Douglas Lyons, John Eric Parker, Nic Rouleau, Benjamin Schrader, Michael James Scott, Brian Sears, Jason Michael Snow, Nick Spangler, Lawrence Stallings, Rema Webb, Maia Nkenge Wilson, and Tommar Wilson.

Producers on The Book of Mormon include Anne Garefino, Scott Delman, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman Porductions, Ltd., Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Kevin Morris, Jon B. Platt, with Stuart Thompson as Executive Producer.

Awards

The Book of Mormon won more awards during the 2010-2011 season than any other production. The production won 9 Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

Tony Awards:
Best Musical
Best Score: TreyParker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
Best Book: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
Best Direction: Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker
Best Featured Actress: Nikki M. James
Best Scenic Design: Scott Pask
Best Lighting Design: Brian MacDevitt
Best Sound Design: Brian Ronan
Best Orchestrations: Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus

Drama Desk Awards:
Best Musical
Best Music: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
Best Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
Best Director: Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker
Best Orchestrations: Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus

Outer Critics Circle Awards:
Best Musical
Best Score: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
Best Actor in a Musical: Josh Gad
Best Director: Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker

Tickets

To see The Book of Mormon on Broadway, go to the Eugene O’Neill box office located at 230 West 49th Street, New York City. Tickets can be purchased through the website: Book of Mormon Broadway.com.

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