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The Book of Mormon Is Coming to Sydney

It's Sydney's time to get in on the crass magnum opus from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
By Sarah Ward
September 03, 2017
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The Book of Mormon Is Coming to Sydney

It's Sydney's time to get in on the crass magnum opus from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
By Sarah Ward
September 03, 2017
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'The mormons are coming', posters popping up all around Sydney started promising this week. Come February, they'll officially be here. If you thought you were going to have to head down to Melbourne to catch The Book of Mormon, think again, because Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hit musical is bringing its hilariously irreverent self to the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

After playing most of the year down south, with the show's Victorian run due to end in November, the multi-award-winning production will settle in for a Sydney season from February 28, 2018. Tickets go on sale on September 5 for its second Australian stint, and given that all of its 250-plus performances have sold out in Melbourne, it's certain to prove a hot ticket.

Written by South Park and Team America's notoriously puerile creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, together with Robert Lopez of genius grown-up muppet show Avenue QThe Book of Mormon is probably one of the most lauded comedies ever to have centred on the Church of Latter Day Saints, African missions, AIDS, bum jokes and super ironic racism. If it wasn't so smart and so funny, few would forgive it. But since it is, The Book of Morman has picked up nine Tonys, four Olivier Awards, a Grammy and two Helpmanns since it debuted in 2011, and has been called "one of the most joyously acidic bundles Broadway has unwrapped in years".

If you've been envious of the throngs seeing the musical in New York, Chicago or London, then you'll be plenty excited that you'll now get the chance to go learn all the idiosyncratic details of Mormonism, meet war criminal General Butt-Fucking Naked and know the true meaning of the hakuna matata-like saying 'Hasa Diga Eebowai'.

The Book of Mormon plays the Sydney Lyric Theatre from February 28, 2018. Tickets go on sale on September 5, with the waitlist now open at BookOfMormonMusical.com.au.

Image: Ryan Bondy, Zahra Newman, Nyk Bielak and company in The Book of Mormon, AUS 1411. (c) Jeff Busby.

By Sarah Ward and Libby Curran.

Published on September 03, 2017 by Sarah Ward

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