By Adam Hetrick
27 May 2011
The Book of Mormon also had the best-selling week of a Broadway cast album in history, ranking at #31 on the Billboard 200 chart. The hard-copy album, with lyrics, liner notes and production photos, will hit stores June 7.
As previously reported, the 16-track album was also the fastest-selling Broadway cast album in iTunes history, and by the end of its first day of sales, The Book of Mormon was ranked in the #2 slot and currently stands at #22.
The Book of Mormon has book, music and lyrics by Emmy Award-winning "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q Tony Award winner Robert Lopez, all of whom earned 2011 Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Book. The Book of Mormon nabbed a total of 14 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.
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"
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, 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.
Co-author Parker also co-directed The Book of Mormon with Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot), who also choreographed. The musical opened to critical raves March 24.
For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Eugene O'Neill Theatre is located at 230 West 49th Street.