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At 8:00 p.m. on March 24th, 2011 the curtain at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre was lifted and there it began. Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, started this project 7 years ago. This duo teamed up with Robert Lopez, co-writer and producer of Avenue Q, to create the Book of Mormon. The phrase “irreverently funny” is strong but may not be powerful enough to describe the vulgar humor exuding from the dialogue and the musical numbers. Matt Stone and Trey Parker appeared on the Daily Show and were interviewed by John Stewart. “You’ve always set a bar here at Comedy Central that we’ve all kind of aimed at. This thing, this Book of Mormon is so good it makes me f*cking angry. I can’t tell you how impressed I was. It was like your doctoral thesis. You’ve managed to satirize religion while simultaneously celebrating it…” John Stewart is no Broadway critic but he does know comedy. If you don’t buy what he says just look at the recent Tony Awards. The Book of Mormon was nominated for 14 awards. It won 9. These 9 awards include Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical and most important of all…Best Musical, which we will see resulted in an increase in face value ticket prices which is starting to impact prices on the resale market.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker are no strangers to using music to satirize religion. On South Park Cartman ends up creating a christian rock group named Faith +1. Kyle constantly sings about how he is Jewish. Of course I cannot leave out the episode called “All About Mormons” in which Stan learns about the Mormon faith through song from the new kid Gary’s family.

A Look at The Book of Mormon Ticket Prices

Matt Stone and Trey Parker are in their comfort zone. They clearly have set the bar for broadway musicals with the Book of Mormon. There is no doubt that this has and will continue to have an impact as long as it is on Broadway. Ticket Prices for the Book of Mormon have been erratic due to prime time showings etc. However with the recent success at the Tony Awards there is no doubt that these will be in high demand and there is no sign of a decrease in price.

The average ticket price for the Book of Mormon is currently $353.25 which is a pretty steep price even for a high demand show like this. There is an alternative option to receive tickets that isn’t guaranteed. The “Ticket Lottery” is a feature for potential audience members go to the box office two and a half hours before curtain up and enter their name in the lottery for maximum 2 tickets. Half an hour later names are drawn and notified. Each ticket is $32 dollars.

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Check out SeatGeek’s new article, The Book of Mormon: Selling Price vs. Face Value.
UPDATE: We also have some new info on the Book of Mormon in Chicago.