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Preview: The Book of Mormon is Back by Popular Demand at Bass Concert Hall

Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay, Conner Peirson - The Book of Mormon (c) Julieta Cervantes 2017.jpgTHE BOOK OF MORMON is back in Austin by Popular Demand

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected. More information on the show at Broadway.com

It’s the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus).

The music is a critical part of the success of this show. Read this interesting story on the music synopsis

The New York Times says “THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY. Heaven on Broadway! A celebration of the privilege of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.” (Ben Brantley)

The show runs 2 hrs 30 minutes with one intermission. More info and ticket info can be found at Texas Performing Arts

UT Students get exclusive access to $10 tickets to Broadway shows, concerts, comedians, and fine art performances. Buy the Bass Pass online today at basspass.org

Bass Concert Hall at UT is one of the premiere venues in Austin for the arts. Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts brings to Austin THE BOOK OF MORMON. Broadway Across America provides production services for Texas Performing Arts.

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