The Book of Mormon on Broadway
About The Book of Mormon
"The Book of Mormon" is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar-winning composer of Disney’s "Frozen" and "Avenue Q," Bobby Lopez.
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the good word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, "The Book of Mormon" has truly become an international sensation.
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Kevin Price has it all. He’s the star student at the LDS training center, and is raring and ready to go on his two-year mission, a rite of passage for any Latter-day Saint. While he dreams of days spent in Orlando, Florida, he is shocked when he’s paired with the less-than-popular Arnold Cunningham and sent to Uganda, a place where no missionary has successfully converted anyone. Elder Price is determined to conquer the challenge and do what no Mormon has done before, while Elder Cunningham swears to remain devoted by his side.
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who wrote the show along with Robert Lopez, call the show “an atheist love letter to religion.” The show was an instant success when it opened on Broadway: critics raved about the irreverent and heartfelt show, calling it “the funniest musical ever,”* and The New York Times raved, “I am here to report that a newborn, old-fashioned, pleasure-giving musical has arrived at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, the kind our grandparents told us left them walking on air if not on water. So hie thee hence, nonbelievers (and believers too), to ‘The Book of Mormon,’ and feast upon its sweetness.”
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- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took out advertisements in the Playbill with taglines like “You’ve seen the show, now read the book” and “The book is always better.”
- Robert Lopez, who wrote the music and lyrics, is the youngest EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner in history. He received his second Tony for Best Score for "The Book of Mormon," and at age 36, he won his fourth for Best Original Song for “Let It Go” from "Frozen." He also became a double EGOT when he won his second Oscar for "Remember Me" from "Coco."
- Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez took a trip to Salt Lake City and spoke with real Mormon missionaries as research for the musical.
- The song “All-American Prophet” used to be called “The Bible is a Trilogy,” and now that original title is referenced in Elder Cunningham’s line “Wow, so the Bible is actually a trilogy, and The Book of Mormon is Return of the Jedi.”
- At one point in the show’s development, the writers thought about killing off Elder Price at the end of Act 1, but the idea didn’t work in a musical comedy.
2hrs 30min (incl. intermission)
Parental advisory: explicit language. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.