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BOOK OF MORMON to play West End in 2012?

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Posted: 5/21/11 at 5:06pm
Playbill, Broadway.com, and Broadway World are all reporting it:
Is The Book of Mormon Aiming to Convert London Audiences? (Playbill.com)
“You need three things in the theater - the play, the actors and the audience, - and each must give something.” (Kenneth Haigh)
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Posted: 5/21/11 at 5:25pm
Don't really know,
but the article has an alarmingly scary error:
"Parker co-directed the musical with Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot); the production picked up 14 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Choreography."
We all know it picked up 14 NOMINATIONS not awards. That's a pretty glaring error and a pretty big difference.
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Posted: 5/21/11 at 7:13pm
With the 14 nominations, I'm curious to see how Mormon and Anything Goes hash it out in the acting and design categories.
“You need three things in the theater - the play, the actors and the audience, - and each must give something.” (Kenneth Haigh)
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Posted: 5/21/11 at 7:21pm
Trust me, everyone in the UK knows what South Park is.

And Avenue Q has been wildly successful here.
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Posted: 5/21/11 at 7:33pm
I think if they can market it in the same way they did with Avenue Q and in a small theatre like The Noel Coward, Gielgud or Novello, I think it could be a success.
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BOOK OF MORMON to play West End in 2012?#5
Posted: 5/21/11 at 7:40pm
No! Not the Novello!
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Posted: 5/21/11 at 8:42pm
Great, it is coming to the West End.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 10:35am
Parker and Stone are busy with the 15th season of South Park, so a lot of it depends on when they can devote time to the production.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 10:56am
I think if they can market it in the same way they did with Avenue Q and in a small theatre like The Noel Coward, Gielgud or Novello, I think it could be a success.

The theatre can't be too small. The staging is quite extensive.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 11:01am
I haven't seen The Book of Mormon, but as a guide - the revival of Hair went in the Gielgud - those who saw Hair and Mormon...are we talking bigger or smaller for Mormon? Or about right?
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 11:02am
that would be awesome! who should be cast?
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 11:27am
Hair had a unit set that could easily be scaled down. Book of Mormon is a bigger show. Not Drury Lane HUGE, but it's not what I'd call a "small" show. It's probably a better show for the Shaftesbury than Rock of Ages.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 11:34am
I was also thinking Shaftesbury, or Palace.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 3:13pm
“You need three things in the theater - the play, the actors and the audience, - and each must give something.” (Kenneth Haigh)
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 3:26pm
that would be awesome! who should be cast?

I'd love to see Josh Gad recreate the role in London, like Nathan Lane did with The Producers. Benjamin Walker was Price in the early workshops, so I think he'd be a good choice for the role.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 3:49pm
If Sonia Friedman is producing it - I'd say it's likely to be an ATG theatre - in which case it'd be one of the Phoenix, Piccadilly or the Savoy.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 3:55pm
I saw Book of Mormon on Broadway last week and can definitely see it having a decent run here in London.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 4:18pm
greeny11, ATG also own:

The Apollo Victoria
The Comedy
The Duke of Yorks
The Fortune
The Lyceum
and The Playhouse

What makes you think it would be one of those three?

The Phoenix houses Blood Brothers, which is not going anywhere.

The Piccadilly is housing GHOST from next month, which won't be gone for a while.

The Savoy has Legally Blonde, which also doesn't seem to be going anywhere. It is also too small.

From what I hear, The Lyceum would be perfect for Book of Mormon - but of course The Lion King is also not moving.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 4:40pm
Hmm, out of those, the Apollo would probably be best?
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 5:33pm
The Apollo being a tiny playhouse!
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 5:39pm
I know they own all those - but the Lyceum is not likely to become free anytime soon (plus with an auditorium seating 2,100 people, is too big) - the others are far too small for the show. The Apollo is the next biggest after the Lyceum and the ones I listed. Personally, I think the Savoy will become free next year, with the Book of Mormon moving in.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 5:51pm
The Savoy too small for Mormon? Are you kidding? It would be a great venue for it. I honestly think with the timeframe Legaly Blonde could well end up closing by then to make way for Mormon. The Gielgud would also be perfect but not an ATG venue.
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 6:18pm
Forgive me, as I said, I haven't seen Mormon, so I can only go by the impression I get of it on here!
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Posted: 5/22/11 at 7:58pm
ATG don't own the Apollo, they own The Apollo Victoria which houses Wicked so it's too big for Mormon and won't be available anyway,

I think the Savoy would be a good home for Mormon. ATG are trying to make a musical house after the Piccadilly.
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Posted: 5/23/11 at 2:22am
You're right, Nimax own the Apollo.
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BOOK OF MORMON to play West End in 2012?#25
Posted: 5/23/11 at 8:41am
I really dont think Legally Blonde will be going anywhere for some time, the show is still selling well and still making lots of profit.
Ghost also wont go anywhere for awhile

With the Lion King finally coming out on Tour you never know, they may finally close in London
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