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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 — again.
By Sarah Ward
August 21, 2019
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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 — again.
By Sarah Ward
August 21, 2019
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'The mormons are coming', posters popping up all around Brisbane promised in 2018. In 2018, until May, the mormons finally arrived. Brisbanites waited for years for The Book of Mormon to come to town, but it seems that we want more. While the musical's first Queensland run didn't end that long ago, a return season has been announced for 2020.

If you haven't nabbed tickets to the current slate of shows, don't worry — Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hit musical will bring its hilariously irreverent self back to QPAC's Lyric Theatre from January 3, 2020. The production spent a year in Melbourne, then did the same in Sydney, and initially slated three months for Brisbane; however it clearly wasn't long enough.

Tickets for the 2020 season are now on sale and, given that The Book of Mormon has been enjoying sell-outs everywhere it has played, it's certain to prove a hot ticket — again. In Sydney, it set a record for the highest grossing musical in the city's history, and did the same at Melbourne's Princess Theatre.

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 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, elsewhere in Australia or in Brisbane at the moment, then you'll be plenty excited that you'll now get another 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 QPAC's Lyric Theatre from January 3, 2020. Tickets for the return season are now on sale from BookOfMormonMusical.com.au.

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

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