The Book of Mormon
One of the most anticipated shows opening in 2013 is the Broadway smash-hit, The Book of Mormon. After winning 9 Tony Awards in New York, including Best New Musical, Best Book, Best Score, and Best Director, the Book of Mormon London is set to take up residency at the Prince of Wales Theatre, with previews from 25 February before an official opening date of 21 March, 2013.
The musical is a blistering parody of the Mormon church that has had Broadway audiences rolling in the aisles since opening there in 2010. It is still one of the most sought-after shows in New York two years later. It was written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who teamed up with Robert Lopez, the composer and lyricist behind the highly successful musical Avenue Q.
The show follows two Mormon missionaries who are sent to Uganda to convert a tribe of indigenous people. They find their beliefs tested when confronted with a civil war, a brutal dictator, famine, and poverty unlike anything they’ve seen back in Salt Lake City. Sharply skewering everything from American consumerism to religion to charitable organisations, it promises to be a laugh-a-minute while deceptively confronting issues in the modern world.
The London cast of The Book of Mormon includes Jared Gertner and Gavin Creel as the two missionaries shipped off to Africa.
Show Length and Time
The Book of Mormon will be performed Monday to Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm. The running time has yet to be confirmed, but the Broadway production runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute interval.
Here’s a trailer from the show on Broadway:
Here the creators talk about how The Book of Mormon came into being:
Andrew Rannells from the original Broadway cast performs at the 2011 Tony Awards: