PHOTO CALL: Book of Mormon Offers Free Fan Performance
By Matthew Blank
The Tony-winning hit The Book of Mormon offered a second free fan performance for the June 6 matinee at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Here is a look at fans lined up for the show.
It marks the second time The Book of Mormon producers and company have thanked the hundreds of fans who wait outside the theatre on a daily basis to snag lottery tickets to the nine-time Tony-winning hit. A free fan performance was also offered last July.
The offer was presented in celebration of The Book of Mormon's one-year Broadway anniversary. The hit opened March 24, 2011. A national tour will launch in August.
All individuals who entered their names in the daily ticket lottery at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre from March 21-May 20 (regardless of whether they won tickets or not) were automatically entered in a sweepstakes to win seats to the free 2 PM matinee."South Park" creators-writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Tony-winning Avenue Q songwriter Robert Lopez collaborated on the script and score to the musical, which earned Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical.
The Book of Mormon also picked up 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).
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.
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