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Since opening at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in January, the Australian production of The Book of Mormon has sold out at every single performance – something the venue hasn’t seen before, not even when The Phantom of the Opera was going gangbusters there. Now the smash hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is coming to Sydney. It was announced yesterday that the multi-award-winning show will play at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre from February 28. The news led to the highest number of ticket sales in one day for a theatre show in Sydney.
Ryan Bondy, centre, as Elder Price and Nyk Bielak, far right, as Elder Cunningham in the Australian production. Photograph © Jeff Busby
The Book of Mormon premiered at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre in March 2011 where it has played 335 consecutive weeks at more than 100 percent capacity, given standing room sales. It has also sold out at theatres around the US and in London’s West End. Along the way, it has garnered nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album, and four Olivier Awards including Best Musical. In Australia, it won Best Musical at the 2017 Helpmann Awards, while Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw were awarded Best Direction of a Musical.
The show centres on an “odd couple” pair of naïve young Mormons sent from Salt Lake City to be missionaries in Uganda, where they encounter a genocidal warlord and a group of villagers with AIDS, most of whom are suspicious of them, except the Chief’s daughter who is prepared to listen to what they have to say.
Described by The New York Times as “the best musical of this century”, Limelight said in a five-star review of the Australian production that it is “funny, irreverent and absurdly heart-warming – but most of all the music is fantastic”. Limelight also interviewed Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who first came to public attention as the co-creators of the hit animated television series South Park.
The Book of Mormon is produced in Australia by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and John Frost. A ticket waitlist is now open where you can sign up to receive priority booking information, before tickets go on general sale tomorrow.