UPDATE: DECEMBER 10, 2018 — As it approaches the one-year mark, The Book of Mormon has announced that its final performance will be held on February 8, 2019 — and 10,000 tickets have just been released. You can currently book $69 tickets for shows between December 16 and February 3 next year. If you're one of the few Sydneysiders that haven't seen it yet, you might want to jump on it while you can — the tickets will only be available until December 16. Book them here.
First, posters popped up around Sydney saying 'the mormons are coming' and 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 2017 down south, the multi-award-winning production will settle in for a Sydney season from February 28, 2018. Tickets are now on sale 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 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, 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 has also introduced an online lottery for those wanting to nab some affordable $40 tix. Every week, eight double passes will be up for grabs for the week ahead — just enter the lottery here between midday on Wednesday and midday on Thursday. The show will still run a lottery at the theatre every night, but, this way, you don't have to actually go to the theatre without the promise of a seat.
Image: Ryan Bondy, Zahra Newman, Nyk Bielak and company in The Book of Mormon, AUS 1411. (c) Jeff Busby.