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10 facts about The Book of Mormon

Thursday, 28th May 2020  

The Book of Mormon

Having played at the Prince of Wales Theatre since 2013, The Book of Mormon is one of the longest-running musicals in the capital. If you’ve seen the hilarious show, or you’re just wanting to find out more about the comedy musical, check out these incredible facts. 

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the writers behind the musical’s cutting-edge satirical commentary. They’ve previously written the multi-award-winning Avenue Q, so it’s no surprise that The Book of Mormon would go on to become a smash hit!

From the moment the Elders say “Hello!” at the Prince of Wales Theatre, we’re already drawn into the Mormons thanks to the catchy songs. Music and lyrics in The Book of Mormon are by Robert Lopez, whose music credits include Frozen.

The Book of Mormon received its world premiere on Broadway on 24th February 2011. 

The musical later transferred to the West End nearly two years to the date after, with a first performance on 25th February 2013.

The original Broadway cast starred Andrew Rannells as Elder Price and Josh Gad as Elder Cunningham. Rannells has since starred in Hamilton, with Josh Gad appearing in Disney films including Frozen and Beauty and the Beast. 

American actors Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner originated the roles of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham in London. Creel has recently appeared in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre.

The musical was nominated for a staggering 14 Tony Awards, winning nine. The production took home best musical, best book of a musical and best original score.

The Book of Mormon won four Olivier Awards in 2014, including best new musical. 

Before The Book of Mormon was first performed, the musical took almost eight years to create. Initial ideas started in 2003, with a trip to Salt Lake City featuring heavily in the musical’s creative process.

The Book of Mormon is inspired by the lives of Mormon missionaries. But, did you know that Mormon men are expected to sign up to two years of missionary work when they turn 18?

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