The Book of Mormon, a satirical musical that made its debut in March of 2011, depicts the story of two Mormon missionaries who are sent to a remote village in Uganda. Once the men arrive there they must deal with a warlord who is at odds with the local population, and despite their naivety and optimism, they strive to spread the word of their religion. It is from the creators of South Park, with a tagline reading “God Loves Mormons and He Wants Some More”. Book of Mormon took its writers seven years to develop, and is a result of their interest in Mormonism and Broadway musicals.
The most unique thing that you’ll find when you begin to search for tickets to this show, is that the New York production employed an unusual way of pricing the tickets when it had its Broadway run. The pricing structure was much like that used in the airline and hotel sectors, in that they were able to charge more for ideal seats for the showings that were in especially high demand. In fact, Book of Mormon ticket prices have even shot up to over $450 on more than one occasion. As a result, this musical found itself constantly among the ranks of the top 5 best selling Broadway shows.
Book of Mormon ticket prices set a record for the highest Broadway tickets ever sold during a week in June of 2011, where one admission for a prime orchestra seat sold for $487.25, while the regular orchestra seating tickets set yet another record at an unprecented $165.25. Though many might claim that that’s a small price to pay to get a glimpse at this acclaimed musical, as its unique plot, choreography, and score have garnered it wide critical praise. In fact, the show became so popular that there was an issue with counterfeit tickets being sold a month after its debut. The tickets were each purchased on Craigslist and were believed to be sold by the same individual.
In addition to the record breaking Book of Mormon ticket prices, it also won 9 Tony awards, one of them being for Best Musical. Also,the original cast recording also shook up the billboard charts by climbing to number three. It was, therefore, the highest-charting Broadway cast album since “Hair” in 1969.
The Book of Mormon will be making it’s countrywide run beginning on August, 14, 2012 in Denver, Colorado, which is four months earlier than it was supposed to debut nationally. It will then move on to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, in September of 2012, where it will run for three months. There are also talks for the show to be run in London’s West End and Melbourne, Australia.