Investment in Broadway's 'Book of Mormon' pays off

November 29, 2011 - 6:45 PM
Theater-Book of Mormon

In this theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Andrew Rannells, center, performs with an ensemble cast in

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine Tony Awards, critical praise and some filthy humor has made "The Book of Mormon" a solid Broadway investment.

Producers of the hit show said Tuesday that it has recouped its $11.4 million capitalization after just nine months.

The musical is the brainchild of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of "South Park," and Robert Lopez, who co-wrote "Avenue Q."

It was crowned best musical for its offensive yet good-natured look at two missionaries who arrive in Uganda and get way more than they bargained for, including gun-toting warlords and a running gag about maggots in a man's scrotum.

The show is one of the hardest tickets to score and, thanks to premium pricing, took in more than $1.6 million at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre last week.

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