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The Book of Mormon sets massive box office record ahead of Sydney opening

The Sydney season of The Book of Mormon was only officially confirmed this Sunday, but the hit musical has already set an enormous box office advance.

By the end of yesterday’s first day of public sales, the musical had sold an astonishing 45,000 tickets to the value of $5 million.

The Book of Mormon will play Sydney’s Lyric Theatre from February 28 next year, and popular demand has already seen the current ticket booking period extended through to April 22.

The musical, written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Robert Lopez, started performances in Melbourne in January this year, and has sold out all 250 of its performances at the Princess Theatre thus far. It now holds the record for the highest sales in the theatre’s 159-year history.

Ben Neutze wrote in his review of the Melbourne production:

“Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, alongside composer/lyricist Robert Lopez, it’s just as blasphemous and crude as you’ve been led to believe, but also far gentler and kinder than you could reasonably think. And although it’s very robust and irreverent satire, it never attacks its targets too viciously.”

The Australian opening came six years after the musical became an instant Broadway hit. Since opening in March 2011, The Book of Mormon has played 335 consecutive weeks at more than 100% capacity on Broadway. It’s now won the Tony, Olivier and Helpmann awards for Best Musical.

Featured image: Rowan Witt and the Australian company of The Book of Mormon. Photo by Jeff Busby

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