The Mormons are finally coming to Melbourne! It has been announced that the international musical phenomenon The Book of Mormon will begin performances at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from January 2017.
Described by The New York Times as “The best musical of this century” the multi-award winning show written by South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to Uganda.
Parker, Stone and Lopez are excited to be bringing the show to Australia and they look forward to opening in Melbourne. “We can’t wait to get started. Everyone says we should look to Tassie for casting so that’s where we’re going first,” says Trey Parker.
The Book of Mormon made its world premiere in March 2011 at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neil Theatre. The London production opened in February 2013 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, winning four Olivier Awards®, including Best New Musical.
The show has set house records at 27 theatres around the US, and broken the house record at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theater more than 50 times. The London production broke box office records for the highest single day of sales in West End history.
With book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon is directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, 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.
“Melbourne is one of the arts and culture capitals of the world. We’re proud to host the premiere Australian season of this international musical phenomenon here in Melbourne,” said Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria.
The Book of Mormon will be produced in Australia by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and John Frost. The ticket waitlist is now open, with more details to be announced soon.
For more information, visit: www.bookofmormonmusical.com.au for details.
Image: The Book of Mormon