The Book of Mormon smashes Sydney Box Office Record

The Book of Mormon Rowan Witt as Elder McKinley and company - photo by Jeff BusbyYesterday The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, set a record for the highest grossing on-sale of any musical theatre production in Sydney’s history. By the end of the first day of public sales on Tuesday 5 September, the musical had sold more than 45,000 tickets with a value of over $5,000,000.

The Tony, Olivier, Grammy and Helpmann award-winning show will begin performances at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on 28 February 2018. Due to the demand for tickets, the current booking period has already been extended and the show is currently selling to 22 April 2018.

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album and four Olivier Awards including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon broke the house record for the highest selling on-sale period of any production in the Princess Theatre’s 159-year history. At the 2017 Helpmann Awards, The Book of Mormon was crowned winner of the coveted Best Musical award, while Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw were awarded Best Direction of a Musical.

Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theater, The Book of Mormon has played 335 consecutive weeks at more than 100% capacity on Broadway (standing room adds additional capacity), 170 weeks at more than 100% capacity at theatres around the US, and sold out every single one of its 1,888 performances thus far in London’s West End.

The London production opened in February 2013, winning four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. The Book of Mormon smashed box office records for the highest single day of sales in West End history. It has broken the house record at the Eugene O’Neill Theater more than 50 times and set 90 house records at 47 theatres around the US.

Book, Music and Lyrics are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Co-directed by Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon has choreography by Casey Nicholaw, set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design by Brian Ronan, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, and music supervision and vocal arrangements by Stephen Oremus.

The Book of Mormon is currently playing at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, before transferring to the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 28 February 2018. For more information, visit: www.bookofmormonmusical.com.au for details.

Image: Rowan Witt as Elder McKinley (centre) and company in the Australian production of The Book of Mormon – photo by Jeff Busby

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