The first national tour of The Book of Mormon began its stint in Washington this Tuesday evening. The Kennedy Center has experienced unprecedented demand for the musical, with a mad rush shutting down the theater’s website when tickets first went on sale to subscribers in February, and again, when the box office opened to the public in March.
So, who is filling the seats at the Broadway sensation’s 5-week stop in DC? South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker collaborated with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez to write The Book of Mormon—and it seems ties to the bawdy TV staple have drawn many fans. And with 9 Tony awards, The Book of Mormon is a must-see for regular theatergoers as well.
Last night, the Kennedy Center brimmed with a discernibly younger and more eclectic crowd than I had seen there before.
I interrupted some pre-show cocktails and candy sales so DC Theatre Scene could put faces to the phenomenon.
All photos by J. Robert Williams
Latest news: There are premium main floor and box seats still available for $250. Standing room ($25) and partially obstructed seat tickets may still be available for Book of Mormon. More info here.