Almost a decade after its Broadway debut, one of the most successful musicals of all time, The Book of Mormon, is due to make its Irish debut.
On Monday, the widely successful comedy musical, The Book of Mormon, announced it is coming to Dublin nine years after its Broadway debut.
Announcing the news on their social media, it showed a picture of a poster promoting the musical in front of St. Stephen’s Green. The poster itself read, “The Mormons are coming!” and was captioned “OH COOL, the home of Guinness and Leprechauns! Good things come to those who wait-list”.
The announcement has caused a stir on social media, with people anticipating the award-winning musical.
When is The Book of Mormon coming to Dublin?
A date and venue for the debut have yet to be announced. However, as the show is touring the UK throughout much of 2020, it is highly likely that any Dublin shows will be taking place in 2021.
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What is it about?
The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries – Elder Price and Elder Cunningham – who go to Uganda in an attempt to convert the natives. The two young Mormons find their mission rather tricky, as the villagers are more concerned with various pressing issues that impact their everyday lives, including aids, poverty, famine, and violence.
The musical is a satirical critique of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ beliefs and practices, but arguably it is a critique of religion in general. Many hypocrisies found in organised religion are targeted in very clever ways in the musical.
Who is behind The Book of Mormon?
The creators of the long-running, satirical cartoon series South Park are behind The Book of Mormon. Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to make a musical about Mormonism. Instead of merely mocking Mormonism as many believe, it instead celebrates the human need for myths to make sense of the world.
A success story
After debuting on Broadway in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in 2011, it was well-received by critics. It set records in ticket sales for the theatre, and the original Broadway cast’s recording became the highest-charting Broadway cast album in over four decades.
The critically-acclaimed production has gone on to win multiple awards since taking home nine Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical.
After its success in America, the musical premiered in the West End, followed by two US National Tours. Since debut, The Book of Mormon has premiered in seven countries, grossing over $500 million, making it one of the most successful musicals of all time.
As of July 2019, it is the 14th longest-running Broadway show!
Currently, the musical is touring the UK, with shows in Birmingham, Cardiff, and Edinburgh. With the heavily-anticipated announcement of dates and a venue for the Dublin production hopefully being announced in the coming months, there is bound to be a flurry of excitement for tickets!