Chicago, Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Broadway in Chicago just announced the Broadway blockbuster musical, The Book of Mormon, will launch a new company originating in Chicago beginning in December 2012 at The Bank of America Theatre. Tickets for groups of 15 or more go on sale starting today at 312 977 1710. Season Subscription Series for 2012, which includes The Book of Mormon go on sale Sunday, September 18, 2011. Single ticket sales, TBA.
If history is any indicator of the future, the award-winning, runaway hit from the creators of South Park and the co-composer and the co-lyricist of Avenue Q may become as hot a ticket in our town as it is in NYC. Tickets for The Book of Mormon can fetch $500.00 and up if you are lucky enough score them.
Ever since the show opened in March 2011 on The Great White Way, the question has been will it come to Chicago? According to Lou Raizin, President of Broadway In Chicago, “Since the show began there hasn’t been a day that goes by without questions from our patrons about when the show is coming to Chicago. In response to the announcement that it will be coming here next year Raizin enthuses, “We are thrilled that THE BOOK OF MORMON has chosen to launch one of their companies in our city.”
The hilarious satirical story focuses on a missionary odd couple--a godlike boy with a sense of destiny, the other a lovable loser who struggles desperately to be liked. The show hits a bulls-eye when it deals with everything from religion to sexuality which is aptly exposed in the song "Turn It Off"--the "it" being the Mormon belief that homosexuality is a curable curse.
The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. “We plan to be involved every step of the way just as we were on the Broadway production,” said Trey Parker and Matt Stone. “We’re incredibly excited about doing everything we can to deliver a great show for the Chicago audience.”
The Broadway production is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, 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) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, Best Music (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Lyrics (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Director (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Actor in a Musical (Josh Gad) and Best Director (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker) and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
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