“Limited view” seating may not be the best way to take in a Broadway show, but if you’re hoping to see “The Book of Mormon” at Proctors next month, it’s the only option left.
Tickets to the Broadway musical have been going fast ever since the Proctors Box Office began selling tickets to the general public on Friday, Jan. 24. What’s left of the six-day run March 11-16 are single tickets in “limited view” areas, and Proctors CEO Philip Morris doesn’t expect them to last long.
“They are part of the house, but they are seats that the company has determined are at such an angle that it will be limited viewing,” said Morris. “The seats aren’t bad. They are part of the regular house.”
Of the available tickets left — valued at $60 and $50 — there are not two together for any of the eight performances. “Limited view” tickets must be purchased at the box office.
“And those tickets will be sold, too,” said Morris. “I expect us to be completely sold out within the next few days.”
The buzz for “The Book of Mormon” tickets reminded Morris of the rush to get seats for “The Lion King” in February and March of 2011, and “Wicked” in December of 2009. Those shows came into Schenectady for monthlong runs.
“It’s been overwhelming,” he said. “The response to “Wicked” and “The Lion King” was amazing, but probably not as voluminous as this show that first day. The moment they went on sale it started.”
When Proctors began selling tickets to “The Book of Mormon” at 10 a.m., Jan. 24, there was a long line at the box office waiting to purchases tickets. Proctors staff also handled a large number of phone calls for tickets, and precisely at 10 a.m. when the website was to start selling tickets, the system crashed for more than two hours.
“We had people trying to get to our website from Washington, D.C., Maine and all over the Northeast,” said Morris. “I think maybe it was the newness of the show. It’s still running on Broadway, and we were the first ones to have the show outside of New York in the entire Northeast.”
“The Book of Mormon” was in development for seven years before it finally opened on Broadway in March 2011. The work of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it won nine Tony Awards and was called “the best musical of this century” by New York Times critic Ben Brantley.
Along with its Tonys, including one for Best Musical, the show captured a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
“The Book of Mormon” begins in Utah and follows two young Mormon missionaries who have been sent to a remote village in northern Uganda. A brutal warlord is threatening the local population, but the two missionaries, both naïve and optimistic, continue their attempts at converting the natives who have many more urgent issues to deal with, including war, famine, poverty and AIDS.
The production stopping at Proctors next week is the second national tour of “The Book of Mormon.” The show is currently in Los Angeles for three weeks and will have two-week visits in Atlanta and Durham, N.C., and Baltimore before coming to Schenectady.
After leaving upstate New York, it will travel to Hartford for two weeks before moving to the Boston Opera House for a three-week run.