The Book Of Mormon’s co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone took to the stage of London’s Prince Of Wales Theatre last night before their irreverent, award-pillaging musical’s rapturously received first London performance.
Parker, most famous for creating and producing South Park with Stone, told the cheering crowd: "We heard that a lot of you lined up overnight for tickets, and we want to say from the bottom of our hearts, you're...crazy. We don't know that any show can live up to that."
But if the preview audience’s reaction to the show’s UK debut was anything to go by, expectations were definitely met. Maybe that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise though, given Mormon’s prior mega-success on Broadway, its 9 Tony Awards and the fact that its soundtrack CD has become the biggest-selling cast recording for forty years.
Wary of all-night queues or not, Parker thanked the crowd, saying, "It's very cool to be here for the fan performance."
The Book Of Mormon co-stars Jared Gertner (pictured) and tells the story of two unworldly Mormon missionaries who are dispatched to a Ugandan village and wind up in the clutches of a tyrannical warlord. Along the way a veritable herd sacred cows are gleefully skewered, including religion, sex, consumerism and the musical genre itself.
While the show has just extended booking until 24 August, you may have read elsewhere that it's presently sold out through the end of July. That isn’t the case if you purchase your seats through TheatrePeople.com. Book now to see The Book Of Mormon at the Prince Of Wales Theatre and you can choose from performances beginning in May. But hurry, tickets really are going fast.