The moment has come: Broadway at the Saenger officially starts tonight with Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards. The musical is a product of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, in collaboration with the co-creator of popular Broadway show Avenue Q—Robert Lopez.
The musical satire is about a pair of young Mormon missionaries sent to northern Uganda, to a remote village terrorized by a warlord. The missionaries share their sacred scripture, the Book of Mormon, among worried locals who have everything but religion at the front of their minds.
Book of Mormon was developed across a span of seven years, and finally opened on Broadway in March of 2011. It is still running to-date, stationed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, and is currently in its second national tour.
The tour runs at New Orleans' Saenger theatre—newly renovated to host Broadway in NOLA's entire season—October 15 through 27. Most performances start promptly at 7:30p, though Friday and Saturday nights start at 8p. Saturdays and Sundays will hold 2p matinees, with the final curtain calls at 1 and 6:30p on October 27. For details and tickets, visit SaengerNOLA or Ticketmaster, or stop by the Canal St. box office (1111 Canal St).
A lottery event is in place for Book of Mormon. Entries will be accepted at the Canal St box office two-and-a-half hours prior to each performance. Each entry will print their name and “1 or 2 tickets” on a card. Two hours before curtain, select names will be drawn for a chase to purchase discount tickets--$25, cash only. Winners must be present for the drawing and show valid ID upon purchase. Tickets subject to availability.
Those interested in attending the show should be cautioned: it contains explicit language and is not recommended for younger audiences.