The Book of Mormon
It's Brisbane's time to get in on the crass magnum opus from 'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
'The mormons are coming', posters popping up all around Brisbane started promising last year. Come March, they'll officially be here. If you didn't make it to Melbourne or Sydney to catch The Book of Mormon, don't worry — Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hit musical is bringing its hilariously irreverent self to QPAC's Lyric Theatre.
After playing most of the last two years down south, the multi-award-winning production will settle in for a Brisbane season from March 16 until May 31. Given that both Melbourne and Sydney experienced sell-outs, 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 Q, The 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 and a Grammy 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, London or elsewhere in Australia, 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'.
UPDATE, MARCH 13: The Book of Mormon has announced a $30 ticket lottery throughout its Brisbane season, with a select number of cut-price seats available by ballot for each performance from Saturday, March 16, subject to availability. To nab a ticket, you'll need to enter in person two-and-a-half hours before your chosen show, using the form available that's only available at the box office. Names will be drawn at random two hours prior to curtain, only one entry is allowed per person, and you can only score two tickets. For further details, visit the musical's website.
Image: Ryan Bondy, Zahra Newman, Nyk Bielak and company in The Book of Mormon, AUS 1411. (c) Jeff Busby.