The Book of Mormon comes from the pen of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone so it's no wonder that both audiences and reviewers find it laugh aloud funny. Entertainment Weekly said the show was, ""Grade A: the funniest musical of all time"". Parker and Stone were ably helped by Robert Lopez who contributed the lyrics and music, writing funny and entertaining songs such as ""Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"" and ""Turn It Off"".
Within a year of its opening at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway, the Book of Mormon had been nominated for over thirty awards, going on to win a staggering eighteen. These included Tony Awards for 'Best Musical' and 'Best Score' along with Drama Desk Awards for 'Outstanding Lyrics' and 'Outstanding Director of a Musical'. A year later the cast released an album of the musical which won a Grammy for 'Best Musical Theatre Album'.
The storyline of the Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who set out for Uganda keen to convert its citizens to their religion. Elder Price is a go-getter with no scruples about selling his faith while Elder Cunningham is nerdy and socially awkward with a tendency to embroider facts that land him in trouble. They discover that the AIDS, violence and poverty that plague Uganda doesn't incline the people they encounter towards finding religion.
The Book of Mormon has played continuously at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in Midtown Manhattan since opening in 2011. The theatre was built in 1925 and is located at 230 West 49th Street. Access is easy with subway stations and parking garages nearby. The Book of Mormon in New York achieved a box office record for the Eugene O'Neill, grossing $2,161,225 in just nine performances in December 2013.
The show runs for two hours and 30 minutes including one intermission. Entry is by Book of Mormon tickets NYC only and doors open 30 minutes before curtain up.
The Book of Mormon is suitable for all ages although children under four are not allowed in the theatre. There is no specific dress code.
"In reality there are very few things you actually have to do before you die. They include: call your mom more often; recycle; see The Book of Mormon." The Guardian
"Matt Stone and Trey Parker are the lords of Broadway. " Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
"The best new American musical of the last 25 years" Adam Green, Vogue
"It's on its march into legend." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The Book of Mormon is a happy, gaudy metaphor for the way musicals give extravagant color and rhythm to gray, chaotic reality. That's what this show is about, finally -the alchemical power of the religion that is theater, and specifically, the American musical." Ben Brantley, The New York Times
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