THE MORMONS ARE COMING TO
The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is coming to New Zealand next year.
The Tony®, Olivier®, Grammy® and Helpmann® Award-winning show will begin performances at The Civic, Auckland on 6 March 2020 for a limited season, following seasons across Australia. Tickets go on sale on Monday 5 August.
The ticket waitlist is now open at BookOfMormonMusical.co.nz. Sign up to receive priority booking information for your chance to see The Book of Mormon first, in Auckland.
The Book of Mormon has notched up 948 Australian performances since it opened at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in January 2017 for a one-year run, before moving to the Sydney Lyric Theatre in February 2018, where it played for a further year. The production has since enjoyed a sold-out season in Brisbane and is currently playing at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide.
Winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, the Grammy® for Best Musical Theatre album, and four Olivier Awards® including Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon set a record for the highest grossing on-sale of any musical theatre production in Sydney’s history, with more than 45,000 tickets sold by the end of the first day of public sales, and is the highest grossing musical in Melbourne’s Princess Theatre’s 159-year history.
At the 2017 Helpmann Awards in Australia, The Book of Mormon was crowned winner of the coveted Best Musical Award, while Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw were awarded Best Direction of a Musical.
Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, where it won nine Tony® Awards including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has been performed on three continents and won over thirty international awards. The musical has smashed long-standing box office records in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and cities across the U.S.
The London production opened in February 2013, winning four Olivier Awards® including Best New Musical, and breaking the record for the highest single day of sales in West End history. It has sold out every one of its performances to date at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
“The best musical of this century.” -Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Book, music and lyrics are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Co-directed by Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon has choreography by Casey Nicholaw, set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design by Brian Ronan, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, and music supervision and vocal arrangements by Stephen Oremus.
The Book of Mormon is produced in Australia and New Zealand by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and John Frost.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
TREY PARKER (CO-DIRECTOR, BOOK, MUSIC, LYRICS)
Parker wrote and directed his first feature film, Cannibal! The Musical, while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. A few years later, Trey co-created the hit animated series South Park with Matt Stone, his college friend and Cannibal! producer. Debuting on Comedy Central in 1997 and currently in its 22nd season, South Park has won five Emmy Awards as well as the coveted Peabody Award. The same year South Park debuted, Parker wrote, directed and starred in the film Orgazmo. Two years later, Parker and Stone released the critically acclaimed feature film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The musical, which Parker directed and co- wrote, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Song and the first ever New York Film Critics Circle Award for an animated film. In 2004, the pair returned to theatres with Team America: World Police, an action movie co-written and directed by Parker that starred a cast of marionettes. It has been a long-time dream of Parker’s to write a musical for Broadway. He won four Tonys for The Book of Mormon, including Best Musical, as well as the Grammy for The Best Musical Theater Album. Trey Parker is originally from Conifer, Colorado.
MATT STONE (BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS)
Stone met Trey Parker at the University of Colorado, and together they made a short animated piece called The Spirit of Christmas. This launched their most recognized work, the critically acclaimed and award-winning television show, South Park. The animated series is in its 22nd season on Comedy Central and has won Stone five Emmy Awards and the coveted Peabody Award. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, which Stone produced and co-wrote, earned an Oscar nomination and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film. In addition to South Park, Stone has partnered with Parker on the low-budget Cannibal: The Musical, the superhero comedy Orgazmo, and the marionette action thriller Team America: World Police. Stone won three Tonys for The Book of Mormon, including Best Musical, as well as a Grammy for the Best Musical Theater Album. Matt Stone is originally from Littleton, Colorado.
ROBERT LOPEZ (BOOK, MUSIC, LYRICS) is the co-creator of the smash hit, Tony award winning Broadway musicals Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. Along with his wife and collaborator Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he wrote the songs for Disney's Frozen, earning an Oscar and a Grammy for the movie’s signature song “Let It Go,” and a Grammy for the Frozen soundtrack. The pair adapted Frozen for Broadway which opened Spring 2018. Lopez and Anderson-Lopez also co-wrote the Oscar winning song “Remember Me” from Pixar’s Coco, original musical Up Here, the score for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, and Finding Nemo: The Musical (playing at Walt Disney World since 2006). Lopez shared two Emmy Award wins for his music for Nickelodeon’s The Wonder Pets and an Emmy nomination for the musical episode of Scrubs and the song “Moving Pictures” which opened The 87th Academy Awards. His work has also been featured on TV shows including South Park, The Simpsons and Phineas and Ferb. Lopez is one of only fifteen artists to win all four major entertainment industry awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards). He has also won Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucile Lortel, Frederick Loewe and Edward Kleban awards. A graduate of Yale, Lopez now resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters. Thanks Buzzetti, Mom, Dad, Billy, Katie, Annie and especially Kristen for all the love and support.
CASEY NICHOLAW (Director, Choreographer)
Represented on Broadway as director/choreographer of The Prom, Mean Girls (2018 Tony® nominations for Best Direction and Choreography), Disney’s Aladdin (2014 Tony®, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Choreography), and co-director and choreographer of The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony®, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards for co-director and nominations in the same categories for Choreography); Olivier award winner for Best Choreography. Represented on the West End as director and choreographer of Dreamgirls, The Book of Mormon and Aladdin. Other Broadway credits as director/choreographer: Tuck Everlasting, Something Rotten (2015 Tony Nominee Best Director) Elf: The Musical; The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony®, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle nominations); Monty Python’s Spamalot directed by Mike Nichols (2005 Tony®, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle nominations Best Choreography). Additional New York credits for City Center Encores! – the highly acclaimed productions of Most Happy Fella, Anyone Can Whistle and Follies (direction/choreography).