Tony-Winning Broadway Hit The Book of Mormon Recoups

By Adam Hetrick
November 29, 2011

The Tony Award-winning hit musical The Book of Mormon, which has been fetching up to $477 a ticket, has recouped its Broadway capitalization, producers announced Nov. 29.



The Book of Mormon has been a hot ticket since previews began in February, breaking the house record at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre 22 times. The production officially recouped during the lucrative Thanksgiving week ending Nov. 27.

The musical grossed $1,677,963 over nine performances last week. It has consistently been among the top-grossing shows on Broadway.

"We're very gratified by the response to our show and look forward to welcoming theatre-goers to the O’Neill for many years to come," producers said in a statement.

As previously reported, The Book of Mormon has already wracked up a $39 million advance, with a top regular ticket price of $155. Premium tickets range $302 for weeknights and $352 for Friday-Sunday performances, with a $477 price for tickets purchased within hours of a performance.

"South Park" writers Trey Stone and Matt Parker and Avenue Q Tony winner Robert Lopez created the Tony-winning musical that opened to raves at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre March 24. It took home Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

The Book of Mormon also earned Tony Awards for Best Direction (Parker and co-director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw), Best Performance by a Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt).

Josh Gad ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") and Andrew Rannells (Jersey Boys) star as an unlikely pair of Mormon missionaries who venture from Salt Lake City to AIDS-ravaged Uganda in the hopes of converting villagers with the story of Joseph Smith and the founding of the Mormon Church. The problem is: Only one of them has actually read the book.

The cast also features Rory O'Malley (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Elder McKinley, Tony winner James (All Shook Up) as Nabulungi and Michael Potts (Grey Gardens) as Mafala Hatimbi, as well as Lewis Cleale, Scott Barnhardt, Justin Bohon, Darlesia Cearcy, Kevin Duda, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Brian Tyree Henry, Clark Johnsen, John Eric Parker, Jason Michael Snow, Benjamin Schrader, Michael James Scott, Brian Sears, Lawrence Stallings, Rema Webb, Maia Nkenge Wilson, Tommar Wilson, Graham Bowen, Jared Gertner, Tyson Jennette and Nick Spangler.

Parker and Stone have earned four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for "South Park," which is now in its 15th season. Their films include "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" (Academy Award nomination for Best Song) and "Team America: World Police."

Lopez co-created Avenue Q, earning 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Cast Album. He has also penned Finding Nemo: The Musical with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Eugene O'Neill Theatre is located at 230 West 49th Street.