The Book of Mormon Details
After seeing the musical Avenue Q in 2003, Parker and Stone met with the musical’s co-writer Robert Lopez and started working on The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is the runaway Broadway hit that took the stage by storm in 2011 and shows no signs of slowing down.
The creation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park), The Book of Mormon is a musical comedy that follows the story of a Mormon missionary in Uganda. While the musical does poke fun at Mormon missionaries, the prevailing theme is the power of love and service. Despite the indifferent response of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church did ultimately buy advertising space in the show’s playbill. While Parker and Stone are known for their edgy and sometimes crass show South Park, The Book of Mormon goes a different route and has been received with overwhelmingly positive acclaim. After success with staging the workshops in 2008, producers Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino chose to open The Book of Mormon directly on Broadway instead of premiering off-Broadway like most productions do. The gamble paid off and by 2017 it had grossed over $500 million, making it one of the most successful musicals of all time. The Book of Mormon first hit the stage in Philadelphia in 2014.
The oldest opera house in the US that’s still hosting shows, the Academy of Music Philadelphia is a gorgeous venue opened in 1857. The full auditorium seats nearly 3,000 people and features wide corridors and stairways. Perhaps most notable is the large crystal chandelier in the auditorium. Measuring 16 feet in diameter, the behemoth weighs 5,000 pounds and took 12 people four hours to lower by hand. It was converted to electricity in 1900 and in 1957 was fitted with an electric-powered winch. It was home to the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1900 to 2001 and has hosted everything from inaugural balls to contemporary operas. Known as the “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street”, the Academy of Music was given National Historic Landmark status in 1962 and added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1966.
The Book of Mormon has been nominated for dozens of awards, winning more than 30. The show won an astounding 9 Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Orchestrations. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album in 2012. Additionally, The Book of Mormon has received 5 Drama Desk Awards, and 4 Outer Critics Circle Awards, all in 2011.
How much does it cost to see The Book of Mormon in Philadelphia?
Tickets to see The Book of Mormon in Philadelphia cost $133 each, on average, though this price can vary depending on factors such as the seating section.
The Book of Mormon in Philadelphia dates
The Book of Mormon plays in Philadelphia from May 28 through June 9, 2019. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.