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The Book of Mormon Surpasses Tobacco Road to Set New Broadway Record

The musical becomes the longest-running show in Eugene O'Neill Theatre history.

Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad, and the original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon.
(© Joan Marcus)

The Book of Mormon will become the longest-running production in the history of Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre when it plays performance number 3,183 tonight, November 2. The previous record holder was Jack Kirkland's 1933 drama Tobacco Road, which spent most of its 3,182-performance run at the venue, once known as the Forrest Theatre.

Written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon won 2011 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book, among several others. Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and directed by Nicholaw and Parker, it tells the story of two Mormon missionaries who get more than they bargained for when they're sent to AIDS-ravaged Uganda.

The company is currently headed by Ryan Bondy (Elder Price), Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham), Stephen Ashfield (Elder McKinley), Kim Exum (Nabulungi), Sterling Jarvis (Mafala Hatimbi), and Derrick Williams (General).

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