The Mormons are converting Seattle audiences in droves! The national tour of The Book of Mormon had a blowout week at the Paramount Theatre, where the Tony-winning musical broke the house record in ticket sales. The show sold $1,981,015 in tickets for the week ending January 13, beating the previous record set by the national tour of Wicked in 2009. The Book of Mormon runs at the Paramount Theatre through January 20 and will go on to play Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Boston in 2013.
Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon follows two young Mormon missionaries sent to Uganada, who soon discover their training did not quite prepare them for the world outside of Salt Lake City. The Broadway production opened in March 2011 and went on to win nine Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Director. The original Broadway cast recording took home a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Musical Theater Album.
The cast features Mark Evans as Elder Price, Christopher John O'Neill as Elder Cunningham, Samantha Marie Ware as Nabulungi, Grey Henson as Elder McKinley and Kevin Mambo as Mafala Hatimbi.
The musical is co-directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw, who also serves as choreographer. 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.