Broadway’s hottest ticket, The Book of Mormon, is coming to the Palace Theatre next year as part of Playhouse Square’s 2012-’13 Key Bank Broadway Series. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the extremely silly, relentlessly profane, and excruciatingly hilarious musical will make its Cleveland debut on June 18 of next year. Performances will continue through July 7, making Mormon the grand finale to the 2012-’13 Broadway Series season.
Mormon’s Cleveland stop is good news for anyone who has tried scoring tickets for the perennially sold-out show in the Big Apple. But be warned: Tickets are expected to fly out of the Playhouse Square box office too. No surprise that officials suggest securing a season subscription now, rather than waiting for individual tickets to go on sale later this summer.
Beyond their power to sell seats, Gina Vernaci, senior veep of theater ops at Playhouse Square, says the series’ seven shows were picked to highlight the best in contemporary stagecraft.
“Quality is always first on the check-off list,” says Vernaci. “But after that, you want to pull out the shows that represent all the crafts that go into a Broadway production: things like dance numbers, costumes, composers, and even puppetry.”
The season opener, Anything Goes, is a case in point. The 2011 Tony Award-winning revival of the 1934 musical comedy features classic Cole Porter lyrics — including the title tune, which was originally written for world-class belter Ethel Merman. You can also expect a show-stopping tap-dance number, courtesy of director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall. Performances are set for October 2 through 14.