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The Book of Mormon smashes West End sales record

Trey Parker (left) and Matt Stone's musical won nine Tony Awards after opening in the United States. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Book Of Mormon, the new musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has set a record for the biggest day of sales in West End and Broadway history.

The award-winning show, about a pair of young Mormon boys sent on a mission a long way from home, had its official opening at London's Prince Of Wales Theatre last Thursday.

The following day, between 10:00am and midnight on Friday, a total of £2,107,972 was taken in ticket sales when an additional 150,000 tickets were made available.

The theatre's owner Cameron Mackintosh said: "The Mormons have truly delivered a heavenly hit!."


Curtain call for Chicago after nearly 15 years in the West End

West End show Chicago is to close after nearly 15 years.

Catherine Zeta Jones starred in the film version of Chicago. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

The musical, which went on to be made into an Oscar-winning film starring Catherine Zeta Jones, will see the curtain come down on September 1. Guest roles have gone to celebrities such as Brooke Shields, Christie Brinkley and David Hasselhoff over the years.

Barry Weissler, who has produced the show along with his wife Fran in New York and London, said: "Bringing Chicago to the West End was a pivotal moment in Fran's and my career.

"Running 15 years has been a dream come true. We may be taking our parting shots for now, but the Razzle Dazzle will never fade."

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