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Book of Mormon adding more shows

“The Book of Mormon,” if you haven’t heard already, is a Tony Award winning musical written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, the same guys behind the hit adult cartoon, South Park and Avenue Q.  The musical is not your typical hoop skirts and love songs; it features racy and hilarious songs that poke fun at the Mormon religion, as well as other faiths, in addition to hot-button and controversial subjects like female circumcision and AIDS. The premise includes two bumbling missionaries who are sent to a remote village in Africa.

The musical first came to the Pantages in California for a 12-week run in 2012  as part of the premier national tour that started last year in Denver. The second national tour has since kicked off and will be coming to L.A.

“The Book of Mormon” has just added five more weeks to the Pantages Theatre run in Hollywood, CA. This production is scheduled to run from  Jan. 21 to March 16 in 2014.

In addition to the extended show at the Pantages Theatre, tickets also went on sale recently for the Omaha, NE  show at the Orpheum Theatre for shows running from October 12 to October 20 as well as in San Antonio, TX at the Majestic from September 17 to 29.

The first production of “Mormon” raised their curtains in 2011 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York, and it continues to be a big time Broadway grosser. The musical also opened in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

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American Idiot with Billy Joe Armstrong

When Billy Joe Armstrong and fellow Green Day band members, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool sat down to pen American Idiot, they had a rock opera in mind, drawing inspiration from shows like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and West Side Story.  Little did they imagine at that time that the sweat and tears that they put into that rock opera would be played out on a Broadway stage.

Anyone that has listened to the album, cover to cover, knows that the album is centered around Johnny and his dissatisfaction with living in suburbia.   The Broadway adaptation took the story from the album and ran with it.  Still centering on Johnny, a disillusioned youth who escapes suburbia and his parents’ rules and confinement to find the meaning of it all.  To the city he runs to find his freedom.  Originally part of a trio, one of his buddies remains at home to salvage his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. His other friend joins the army and serves in Iraq. During his journey, Johnny finds a part of himself that he grows to loath, meets the love of his life and loses her.

American Idiot began its run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, California, in 2009.  While there, the show became the top-grossing show in Berkeley Rep history, the producers extended the limited run twice to November 15, 2009.The following year, the show moved to Broadway, previewing at the St. James Theatre on March 24, 2010 and officially opened on April 20, 2010.

American Idiot didn’t exactly garner glowing reviews from all the critics when it first opened, but eventually received the vital shining review from The New York Times.  The Musical walked away with two Tony Awards in 2010 for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Christine Jones and Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kevin Adams.  American Idiot also received the prestigious nomination for Best Musical.

The Broadway show struggled to make ends meet as it was rumored to $ 8 -10 million to produce.  Five months after it opened on Broadway, Billy Joe Armstrong tweeted on the official Green Day account that from September 28 to October 3, 2010 he would play the role of St. Jimmy, previously being played by Tony Vincent.  This Tweet had immediate effects as it led to an instantaneous increase in sales for American Idiot tickets at the St. James Theatre. Ticket sales for the week Armstrong performed were up 77%, gross sales increased 127% from the previous week’s totals, and average ticket prices increased 22%,. A couple weeks ago, the producers announced that Armstrong would make another 50 appearances as St. Jimmy between January 1 and February 27, 2011.