It’s been called the best musical of the century by the New York Times.
Now, we’re learning more about the The Book of Mormon’s Hawaii debut.
The winner of nine Tony Awards gears up for a three-week run at the Blaisdell Concert Hall from April 13, 2016, to May 1, 2016.
It’s a religious satire musical that tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in Africa to share the Book of Mormon.
Its stars — Billy Harrigan Tighe, who plays Elder Price, and AJ Holmes, who plays Elder Cunningham — were in Hawaii Tuesday to introduce the musical.
They took part in an informal discussion moderated by local actor and Tony-Award-nominee Loretta Ables Sayre.
“What we all want to know in Hawaii is did you bring food? That’s how we start every kind of conversation here,” Ables Sayre joked.
“The overall message of the show is not a malicious attack on religion but how we as people are suited with the responsibility to take care of the planet and each other on a day-to-day basis,” said Tighe.
It’s written by the same people who brought you the satirical cartoon South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Robert Lopez, the Academy-Award-winning composer behind Disney’s Frozen and the popular musical Avenue Q.
Holmes warns the audience should expect to hear many four-letter words.
“If you’ve ever seen South Park, and I assume at least some of you have, it was written by those guys,” he said.
But don’t let that stop you. You get a sense of how funny the play is by the witty banter of the actors talking about the show.
On a serious note, the cast is steeped in deep knowledge of the Book of Mormon.
“We sat down with a full packet that was every single reference to the Book of Mormon as well as historical context of the book itself and the religion, then anything that’s in the show, and walked through every single thing,” said Tighe.
Group tickets are available now, with general ticket sales announced later. You can see more of the cast when they stop by Living 808 Wednesday, Oct. 7, on KHON2 starting at 8 a.m.
Groups of 10 or more can reserve seats and get 10 percent off select single-ticket prices by calling (808) 593-9468 or visiting the Hawaii Opera Theatre Box Office at 848 S. Beretania Street #303.
The schedule and prices break down to:
Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. (preview performance)
$150.50, $75.25, $61.75, $42.50
Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (excluding preview performance) and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
$155.50, $77.50, $64.00, $45.50
Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
$173.50, $95.50, $80.50, $50.50
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.
$173.50, $86.50, $73.00, $50.50
Prices valid for performances April 13-24. Prices may be higher for performances April 26-May 1.For more information, visit BookofMormonBroadway.com.