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'Book of Mormon' announces free-ticket lottery for one-year anniversary performance

The Book of Mormon will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Saturday, and the nine-time Tony winner is still selling more than 100 percent of its seats. To celebrate the anniversary and thank the fans that have made it one of Broadway’s most successful productions in years, producers announced a special lottery in which winners will win tickets to attend a free matinee showing at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on June 6.

“The show’s success has been awesome, but we know how hard it’s been for some people to get tickets,” said Mormon creator Trey Parker in a statement. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our one-year-anniversary.” READ FULL STORY

'The Book of Mormon' wins a Grammy and cleans up Broadway box office

Joan Marcus

The Book of Mormon continues its clean-cut, white-shirted dominance of Broadway. Last night, the Tony-winning hit by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez picked up a Grammy Award for best musical theater album (during the untelevised portion of the ceremony). Backstage, Parker said that he was gratified by the overwhelmingly positive response to the show — including by Mormons: “For some, it’s like their Fiddler on the Roof.”

And after topping the Broadway box office charts for the first time last week, Mormon slipped to second behind perennial powerhouse Wicked for the week ending Feb. 12. While Wicked raked in $1.509 million, Mormon broke yet another house record at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre with $1.485 million. That’s quite an achievement considering that the O’Neill seats only 1,066 people, far less than the theaters hosting such behemoth hits as Wicked (1,809 seats), Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark (1,930 seats), and The Lion King (1,677 seats).

Speaking of records, there was no box-office bump for Phantom of the Opera even as that Main Stem mainstay reached its record 10,000th performance on Saturday. Earnings dipped slightly to $638,467 for the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic that has grossed $875 million since its 1988 Broadway premiere.

'Book of Mormon' principal cast extends contract through February 2013

The team behind 2011’s nine-time Tony winner The Book of Mormon announced today that it has extended its contracts for original principal cast members Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Tony winner Nikki M. James, Rory O’Malley, Michael Potts, Lewis Cleale, and Brian Tyree Henry. The actors will stay on the Great White Way through February 2013. “The producers said they would release the location of where they are holding my family if I resigned. I love my family and want to see them returned safely. So here I am,” joked Andrew Rannells, who will have some more contract negotiation to do if his pilot with Glee creator Ryan Murphy gets picked up.

Mormon, which cleared its start-up costs in late November, will celebrate its first year on Broadway this Feb. 24. It was previously announced that the show’s tour was booked for a 12-week sit-down in Los Angeles this fall, and the show’s soundtrack will compete for a Grammy next month.

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From the Great White Way to the small screen: How have Broadway stars fared on TV?

Fans of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, rejoice! A rep for Andrew Rannells has confirmed the Tony-nominated actor has signed on to star in Ryan Murphy’s untitled NBC comedy pilot about a gay couple and their surrogate mother. (I “Believe” that this will turn out to be a good choice!) It’s exciting news for any theater lover, but, of course, Rannells isn’t the first stage vet to make the leap onto the small screen. In fact, 2012 is shaping up to be a very Broadway-friendly year for television: Not only will we soon see Broadway staple Megan Hilty — and fellow thesps Christian Borle, Brian d’Arcy James and Will Chase — star on NBC’s Smash, but news came earlier this week that Glee has cast stage vet Brian Stokes Mitchell as one of Rachel’s gay dads.

Unfortunately, though I can’t be the only one excitedly crossing my fingers for Smash, star power in the theatre doesn’t always translate onto TV. Rannells, Hilty, and Mitchell join a long list of stage veterans who have made the transition to television – or at least attempted it. Save for a few cases of extravagant luck, often the most celebrated stage performers wind up in thankless roles in the ensembles of failed sitcoms or in bodybags on Law & Order. But how did some of Broadway’s more notable stars manage a switch to the small screen? Here’s a rundown of some who forged a path from the Great White Way to TV land – and how they fared:

Name: Matthew Morrison
Broadway experience: Before his curly hair was a Sue Sylvester punchline, it was pomaded into oblivion when Morrison originated the role of heartthrob Link Larkin in Hairspray. READ FULL STORY

'Book of Mormon' sets L.A. premiere date

The Book of Mormon, this year’s Tony-winning, Grammy-nominated Broadway smash (that was created by two of EW’s Entertainers of the Year), is banging down the door to Los Angeles. The show’s national tour will play a limited 12-week run at the Pantages Theatre from Sept. 5-Nov. 25, 2012. Said co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (who also have a little side project called South Park), “We moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago to try and make it as filmmakers. The last thing we expected is that one day we would be bringing our Broadway musical here. It’s crazy and great.”

Pantages season ticket holders will have first crack at seats for the highly in-demand musical. The details for single-ticket sales will be announced at a later date.

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This Week on Stage: TV stars occupy NYC’s theater scene, 'Bonnie & Clyde' shoots and misses

What do Alan Cumming, Josh Radnor, Michael Urie, and Jim Parsons have in common besides appearing on TV? They are all returning to the stage within the next year. The Good Wife’s Cumming (who earned a Tony in 1998 for playing Cabaret’s Master of Ceremonies) announced this week that he’s bringing his one-man Macbeth to the Lincoln Center Festival in July. How I Met Your Mother’s Radnor spoke out about his voice preparations for singing in next Monday’s She Loves Me benefit at the Roundabout. Ugly Betty’s Urie revealed that he’s stepping in to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the end of January.  And The Big Bang Theory’s Parsons signed on to play the lead in next season’s Harvey revival.

They’re not the only TV stalwarts currently in the limelight: READ FULL STORY

'South Park' skewers Broadway: Too late or right on the money?

Before their brilliantly un-PC musical Book of Mormon opened on Broadway and transformed them into Tony winners, co-authors Trey Parker and Matt Stone paid a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman. While there, Letterman joked to the duo about their show, “I think I just heard Eugene O’Neill turn over in his grave.” (Funnily enough, that sound bite has been used as a selling point in ads for the sold-out-until-the-end-of-time show.)

Of course, if their deliriously offensive musical didn’t make O’Neill do that yet, last night’s South Park probably did. The Broadway-themed episode — titled “Broadway Bro-Down,” which was co-written by Parker and Stone’s Book of Mormon collaborator Robert Lopez — suggested that not only do the toe-tapping shows we all know and love have subtext that makes women, er, perform for their dates, but that said shows are written by a bunch of high-fiving, beer-guzzling chauvinists. Those chauvinists being Broadway legends like Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. READ FULL STORY

Broadway box office update: Summer’s Winners and Losers

The Great White Way grossed over $204 million this summer. Who got the lot of it? Who lost out? And what does it all mean?

• Usual suspects Wicked and The Lion King are the season’s big earners, taking in $19.6 million and $19.2 million, respectively. Yet the remaining top three spots belong to newcomers Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (17.6 million), The Book of Mormon ($13.3 million), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying ($12.1 million).

Spider-Man may be doing well, but its reported $1.2 million nut (the overhead cost to run the show every week) will be tough for the production to crack, as it only earned an average $1.6 million per week since mid June.  READ FULL STORY

Lottery-winning fans enraptured by special 'Book of Mormon' performance

For many, the ticket lottery for Broadway shows is a holy terror. Especially for the smash-hit musical The Book of Mormon, where hundreds of hopeful fans gather outside Manhattan’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre night after night trying to score the 20 or so rush tickets. But on Friday afternoon, devout followers were treated to nothing short of a Broadway miracle. READ FULL STORY

'Book of Mormon' star Andrew Rannells talks Tonys -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you’ve visited EW.com at all since March, you know about Book of Mormon, the Broadway sensation penned by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-writer Robert Lopez. You know about the great reviews. You know about the funny songs. You know about how it will most likely sweep the Tonys on Sunday night. And you know how its leads, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad, are nominated against each other in the Best Actor in a Musical category. The dapper Rannells recently visited the EW office to chat about the competition (or lack thereof) between them, demonstrate his “If I lose” reaction face, talk up the musical’s writers, and explain why he won’t be looking at the audience during his Tony night performance of “I Believe.” Check out the exclusive video below. READ FULL STORY

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