Shocking, Dark, Irreverent, Hysterical and Brilliant:  Within the first few dynamic minutes, I knew I was in trouble.  I was among the privileged few who attended the opening night of the traveling company production of ‘THE BOOK OF MORMON‘ at the Paramount.  No already-taboo subject was left untouched or unmocked or unsung about. Just the mention of the word ‘Mormon’, had the audience in hysterics.

The story involves two young white male Mormon missionaries who are placed in Uganda for their two year service stint. They are immediately faced with the grim state of the locals, who sing a cheery song about saying EFF YOU to none other than God. The two young men are tasked with converting the group to Mormonism, which all leads to an actually tender story about faith, love and service. (But not the way strict Mormons would have it.)

Who’s behind this Broadway hit? The nasty guys behind South Park – Trey Parker and Matt Stone. I swear I heard Cartman singing out a few times during the show. The music is infectious, you find yourself loving the melody, but shocked at the lyrics. The traveling show needs just a few adjustments – mostly to do with the sound quality, but really, the three main actors and the orchestra are more than perfect.

For the most part, the show is sold out, but here’s some good news from The Seattle Theatre Group:

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle and plays a limited two week engagement through Sunday, January 20. In Seattle, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making 20 tickets available at $25 apiece.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances. The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.

Entries will be accepted at the box office 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 priced at $25 each. 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. 

– Good luck, – Lee Callahan – CBS Seattle


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