The Book of Mormon Breaks Box-Office Records in Three Cities
By Adam Hetrick
The Tony Award-winning hit The Book of Mormon enjoyed a lucrative holiday season: All three North American productions of the musical broke box-office records for the week ending Dec. 30.
The Broadway production grossed $2,158,595, breaking the box-office record at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre for the 43rd time since it opened in 2011; the first national tour earned $1,607,677, breaking the box-office record for the second time at San Francisco's Curran Theatre; and the second national tour, which launched in Chicago in early December, grossed $1,645,201 – breaking the box-office record for the second time at the Bank of America Theatre.
"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.
Co-directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon opened to critical acclaim March 24, 2011, at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Both earned Tony Awards for their work and repeat their duties for the tour.
The Book of Mormon has set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Oremus.
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).
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