1. The Tony Awards are over. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is hot. “Aladdin” kind of is too. Tickets for “The Book of Mormon” are still pricey if you buy them online, but while theater-goers are ogling Neil Patrick Harris as he flaunts his muscular thighs as Hedwig, go quietly to the Eugene O’Neill Theater and get standing-room (SRO) tickets for “The Book of Mormon.” On the Saturday after the Tony’s, I arrived at the theater at 5:00 p.m. and hopped right into fifth place in line. Earlier, I had stopped by the SRO line for “Hedwig,” and the woman in first place told me she arrived at 7:00 a.m. for the 7:00 p.m. performance.
2. For New Yorkers, there’s no excuse for missing a musical that makes fun of God, poverty, Africa, Mormons, missionaries, ornery juntas, and AIDS. Have some pride and go see the this. Same to you “South Park” nerds.
3. “The Book of Mormon” is fun and light, but it’s also a reminder that it’s founded on the tragedy and truth of poverty, ornery juntas, AIDS, and rape (I didn’t mention rape in #2 because that’s never a cool thing to laugh at). Also, remember when Mitt Romney could have been president and Americans got curious about Mormonism? Wikipedia taught us that an upstate New Yorker named Joseph Smith had visions of the angel Moroni, who directed Smith to a buried book that was written on golden plates. Smith translated these plates into what became known as the Book of Mormon. This information is useful for understanding the lyrics throughout the “The Book of Mormon”–and we can thank Romney for making us curious a few years back.
4. Take advantage of doing something cheap in one of the most expensive cities in the world— SRO tickets for “The Book of Mormon” are only $27. Also, not all Broadway performances offer SRO tickets, so do it where you can. Policies vary based on the performance. For more complete information, click here.
5. You can prepay for intermission cocktails at Cielo at The Mayfair, which is located directly next door to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. The assigned standing-room area is near the theater’s exit, so as soon as the lights dim for intermission, run over to the Cielo. The waitress will remember you and you’ll be sipping your drink within minutes.