The Book of Mormon Review – A Delight for Chicago Audiences

Finally, a year after ticket sales were announced, The Book of Mormon opened at the Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe) on December 19, 2012.  My husband, who is an avid  South Park fan, was eager to see it.  We joined the very enthusiastic opening night audience in a sold-out house and I can only say that it was well worth the yearlong wait.  However, those who do not already have tickets will have a slightly longer wait to see it because the theatre is sold out until March 5th.  It is true that the show scheduled to run until June 2, 2013 but good seats will become harder and harder to get.

 



You won’t want to miss the chance to see The Book of Mormon.  It is a unique and unforgettable theatrical experience.  The energy is non-stop, the dancing astounding (even for my husband who is not a dance enthusiast), the sets, costuming, lighting and music kept us engaged and amazed. It is also audacious and in your face.  The cast was outstanding. The audience jumped to their feet in thunderous applause at it conclusion.

 



The Book of Mormon tells the story of Elder Price (Mr. Perfect) played beautifully by Nic Rouleau and Elder Cunningham (Mr. Scattered) convincingly played by Ben Platt who at age 19 are paired and sent off to do their missionary work in, of all places, a remote village in Northern Uganda.  They are naïve and optimistic in their attempt to share the Book of Mormon with the villagers, baptize them and convert them.  However, the locals are dealing with a brutal warlord, war, famine, poverty, AIDS and more.  What will convince them that the Book of Mormon is important to them? Finding the answer will offer you a theater experience that will captivate you from the first to the last moment.

 



THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.  

 

Seven years in development, 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.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. The Book of Mormon premiered on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON 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, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775‐2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.  Prices range from $45 - $115.  A select number of premium seats are also available. Groups of 15 or more can call (312) 977‐1710 to purchase tickets. 

As of January 3, 2013, a new block of tickets for performances June 4 – September 8, 2013 will go on-sale to the public on Monday, January 7 at 10 a.m.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775‐2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores), and and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.  Prices range from $45 - $200.  Groups of 15 or more can call (312) 977‐1710 to purchase tickets.  THE BOOK OF MORMON also conducts a pre-show drawing at the box office for each performance, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 each.



 

 

For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com  and follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter and on Facebook.

Photos: Joan Marcus

 

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