Landmark Performance Celebration – 1000 Shows in Australia
Believe it or not, the hit Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon recently celebrated a century-worth of performances in the Aussies. That show runs from September 27 to November 17 at the Crown Theatre, Perth. This is a significant milestone for both the musical and Australian performing arts industry.
Nearly 3 years ago on January 2017, The Book of Mormon opened at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne to much admiration from critics and audiences. A year later on February 2018, they set up shop at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, where the musical ran until 2019. The rest of its journey towards hitting the 1000-performances landmark included Brisbane and Festival Theatre seasons, Adelaide, and the ongoing show at Crown Theatre.
The Book of Mormon production is expected to return to the Brisbane in January 2020, before traveling to the Des Moines Civic Theatre after 6 weeks, and an Auckland season later in March 2020.
Since its premiere at Eugene O’Neill Theatre, New York back in March 2011, the Broadway musical has gone to break record-after-record as they toured across the country. Their accolades include a Helpmann Award, a Grammy (for Best Musical Theatre album), 4 Olivier Awards (including Best New Musical), and 9 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) – and that’s not all.
They also boast of being the highest-grossing musical production in over 159 years at the Princess Theatre, and in the history of Sydney – over 45,000 tickets were sold in the first public sale.
The smash-hit musical by Robert Lopez, Matt Stone and Trey Parker is beloved across the world, whereby the production has traveled to 3 continents, raking up over 30 international awards. Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker from The Book of Mormon even earned the 2017 Helpmann award for Best Direction of a Musical – thanks to their role in making the musical beloved by everyone.