The cast album broke records when it was digitally released May 17 on iTunes for $10.99, and it looks like the album will continue to break sales records.
Amazon.com is making the album available for $1.99 through June 13. The musical is in the running to take home up to 14 Tony Awards during the 65th annual ceremony, which will take place June 12 at the Beacon Theatre.
The discount offer follows a recent trend in album promotion within the pop world. Lady Gaga recently made her album "Born This Way" available via Amazon.com for $.99, with 440,000 copies sold via the online retailer out of the 1.1 million copies sold in its first week.
The Book of Mormon has book, music and lyrics by Matt Parker, Trey Stone and Robert Lopez, all of whom earned Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Book. Parker co-directs with Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot), who also choreographs. The musical opened to critical raves March 24. 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 track list for The Book of Mormon follows:
"Two By Two"
"You and Me (But Mostly Me)"
"Hasa Diga Eebowai"
"Turn It Off"
"I Am Here for You"
"Sal Tlay Ka Siti"
"Making Things Up Again"
"Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"
"I Am Africa"
"Joseph Smith America Moses"
"Tomorrow Is a Latter Day"
The cast also features Rory O'Malley (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Elder McKinley, Nikki M. James (All Shook Up) as Nabalungi 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, Ta’Rea Campbell, 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.
The Book of Mormon earned 14 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Choreography.