The Book of Mormon Headed to the Prince of Wales Theatre?
The Hit Broadway Musical Could be Heading to the West End Early in 2013
Those that have been keeping up with the goings-on of Broadway recently will be well aware of the blockbuster musical “The Book of Mormon” from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (plus Robert Lopez). It has received rave reviews since it opened in March 2011 and went on to win an array of Tony Awards later in the year, so inevitably a West End production has been touted since it opened and Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail has some details of the proposed venture.
According to the newspaper show business columnist the show could be headed to these shores in early 2013 and New York executives have been discussing the Prince of Wales Theatre as a potential home. The venue is currently provides the stage of “Mamma Mia!” though that production is set to transfer to the Novello Theatre in September.
“The Book of Mormon” follows two young Mormon disciples as they head to a village in Uganda, where they try to share their scriptures with the local population. It is a difficult task as the locals have plenty of other things on their minds, from a warlord that is threatening them to poverty and illness in the area.
The show had been in development for many years prior to its arrival at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway, though it has become one of the biggest hits for some time, with critical acclaim matching its high ticket sales. With names like Trey Parker and Matt Stone involved this could be expected and seeing as “South Park” is popular on this side of the Atlantic as well there is no reason that it cannot enjoy the same success here.
In addition to “South Park”, which has been on the Air since 1997, the pair have also been behind movies like “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut”, “Team America: World Police” and “BASEketball”.
“Mamma Mia” continues at the Prince of Wales Theatre until 1st September 2012 before transferring to the Novello Theatre. “The Book of Mormon”, if the plans remain the same, could follow it in 2013.