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Laughing crowds welcome The Book of Mormon to Philadelphia

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National Tour of The Book of Mormon

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Even though my emphasis is generally about family travel, a night out without kids is necessary and important! The Broadway Philadelphia season offered at the Academy of Music, Kimmel Center and Forrest Theatre is one of the best cultural gems the city has to offer. Not only are the productions first-rate, but the restaurants in Philadelphia adds a dimension of enjoyment to an afternoon matinee or pre-show experience that makes a night out in Philadelphia memorable. Certainly a show not for children is The Book of Mormon which is on stage at the Forrest Theater through September 14, 2014.

This limited engagement offers a change to capture this Tony Award-winning best musical that mixes a unique blend of satire, fabulous dancing, and snappy musical numbers that provoke a mix of emotions: laughter and, well, shock. The show is not for the easily-offended. Expect some adult theme references that may seem to push the envelope at times. The performance schedule is: Tuesday – Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m.; matinees Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

The plot of the show tells the story of Mormon missionaries who are sent to Uganda to share their religion with the villagers there. I liked the show and enjoyed the music and the dancing numbers. The dancing ensemble was very talented and the two leads had a great chemistry and seemed like they were having a good time performing. That, in my opinion, makes a positive impact. When there’s a synergy among the cast, and they enjoy what they do, it shows. The show is a crowd-pleaser.

The Book of Mormon is offering a lottery ticket policy for this National Tour. The production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $27 apiece.Entries will be accepted at the Forrest Theatre box office (1114 Walnut Street in Philadelphia) beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

All other tickets are available by calling 800-447-7400, online at www.telecharge.com or at the Forrest Theatre box office, 1114 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. For more information, please visit www.forrest-theatre.com or www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway.

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