The Mormons Are Coming

The Mormons Are Coming

‘The Book of Mormon’ is finally coming to save Auckland, and here's what you can expect from one of the funniest musicals of our lifetime.

If you’ve heard of ‘The Book of Mormon’, you’ll know it’s the creation of Matt Parker, Trey Stone and Robert Lopez. However, it’s worth stating again: ‘The Book of Mormon’ is by the guys behind ‘South Park’ and ‘Avenue Q’. Ergo, this story about Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, a pair of naive Mormon missionaries who find themselves catastrophically out of their depth when they try and convert an isolated corner of Uganda to their eccentric religion is very, very, very funny.

‘South Park’ fans will know Parker and Stone know how to knock out a tune, and they co-wrote the songs on ‘The Book of Mormon’ with Robert Lopez, who wrote ‘Avenue Q’ and the songs in a little film called ‘Frozen’. The tunes in ‘Mormon’ are hysterically funny, but also lavishly tuneful tributes to the golden age of the American musical.

Don’t think you need a PhD in musical theatre to get it – if you’re allergic to ‘Cats’ or suspicious of Sondheim, it doesn’t matter: part of the reason ‘Mormon’ has been such a massive hit is that it’s reached waaaay beyond the usual musicals crowd.

Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, The Book of Mormon has played more than 380 consecutive weeks there, at more than 100% capacity (standing room adds additional capacity), and has broken the house record more than 50 times. Its successive North American touring companies have played to more than 100% capacity for a combined total of 3,768 performances and broken 104 house records at 57 theatres.

The ticket waitlist is now open at BookOfMormonMusical.co.nz. Sign up to receive priority-booking information for your chance to see The Book of Mormon first in Brisbane and Adelaide.

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