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‘The Book of Mormon’ takes its mission to the Scranton Cultural Center Oct. 27-Nov. 1

‘The Book of Mormon’ takes its mission to the Scranton Cultural Center Oct. 27-Nov. 1
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From a press release:

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century,” the Washington Post says, “it is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals,” and Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s “The Book of Mormon,” the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of “South Park,” and it’s coming to the Scranton Cultural Center Oct. 27-Nov. 1.

Tickets, which are $50-$75, plus fees, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton) in person, by calling 570-344-1111, or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets, including

“The Book of Mormon” follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty, and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected.

It is an old-style musical with a modern sensibility. This blockbuster show features several big song-and-dance numbers accompanied by some old-fashioned Broadway belting. An equal opportunity offender, the show playfully pokes fun at religion, sexuality, poverty, and race, while inspiring an after-the-show discussion of religion in general.

“The Book of Mormon” features book, music, and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy “Avenue Q.” The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” “The Drowsy Chaperone”) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

It is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan), and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical; the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical; and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

It features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

The original Broadway cast recording for “The Book of Mormon,” winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

“The Book of Mormon” Scranton dates and showtimes:

  • Oct. 27 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 28 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 29 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 30 – 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 1 – 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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