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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
"The Book of Mormon" may not be to everyone's taste (I've had pretty spirited correspondence from some folks who took offense), but the mega-musical had no trouble drawing crowds on its first visit to Baltimore. The result turned out to be historic. "Mormon," which features a story and lyrics by Robert Lopez and "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, just broke the house record at the Hippodrome, grossing $1,675,748.25 for the week ending March 9. Breaking house records is something of a religion for this show.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
The revived Broadway musical "Pippin" will head out on a national tour in September with a cast that includes Sasha Allen, a finalist on NBC's "The Voice," in the role of Leading Player. Adding a cool bit of history to the production will be Tony Award-winning actor John Rubinstein as Charles. Rubinstein created the title role of the musical on Broadway in 1972. That role will be played on tour by Kyle Selig, a veteran of the "Book of Mormon" tour. The tour launches in Denver and will reach Baltimore's Hippodrome in June 2015.
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March 24, 2014
Last weekend, my wife and I endured a performance of "The Book of Mormon" at the Hippodrome , and we take exception to The Sun's rosy review of the work it described as "unusually entertaining, wickedly funny," and "really a big, old-fashioned musical" ( "'Book of Mormon' packs fresh irreverence into traditional musical formula," Feb. 25). Robert Lopez, one of the play's creators, was quoted as saying that "the idea was to highlight how religions justify believing in a righteous God, while suffering like this exists and has always existed.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
As in any major city, Baltimore and its bars benefit from a hot ticket. Whether it is the Orioles' opening day or a Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert downtown, these events rarely fail to draw large crowds. In the process, many attendees find time to patronize bars in the neighborhoods they visit. In late February, it was easy to see similar stars aligning by the Hippodrome Theatre. As the multiple Tony Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon” had a well-received 13-day run downtown, the Italian wine bar and restaurant Forno quietly opened around the same time.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Now that "The Book of Mormon" has settled into Baltimore's Hippodrome , the folks behind Midweek Madness (OK, that's me) could not resist posting this droll parody of the show's opening number. Shalom.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
The curtain-raising scene of Jesus appearing "in ancient upstate New York" is the first little clue that "The Book of Mormon" is not your average Broadway musical. By the time the show ends, every politically incorrect button has been pushed, every doorbell rung. With true missionary zeal, the creators of this hugely popular work, which reaches Baltimore on Tuesday, satirize not just one religion, but all of them. Various peoples, practices and conditions are heartily targeted in the process, too. But when all is said, sung and stung, "Book of Mormon" is really a big, old-fashioned musical, one with the same basic structure that served Rodgers and Hammerstein so well.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
When the national touring production of "The Book of Mormon" hits Baltimore later this month as part of the Broadway Across America series at the Hippodrome, the multiple Tony Award-winning musical will bring a bargain ticket offer with it. There will be a lottery drawing for $25 tickets before each performance during the run, Feb. 25 to March 9. This practice, a popular feature of the show on Broadway (there the lottery tickets are $32), has been adopted on the tour as well, attracting hundreds of participants at some stops.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
The Broadway phenomenon known as “The Book of Mormon,” a musical from the creators of “South Park” that became a runaway hit two years ago and shows no signs of flagging, will reach Baltimore next season as part of the Hippodrome's 10th anniversary. Joining “Mormon,” which took the Tony Award for best musical in 2011, will be the Tony winner for best play that year, “War Horse,” a show celebrated for its inventive use of life-sized puppetry. One of last year's big Tony accumulators, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a play with music based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, is also on the Hippodrome lineup.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
"The Book of Mormon" has to be the most subversive Broadway musical in history. All those other supposedly radical shows, the ones with nudity or such tough subjects as mental illness, just can't hold a candle to this insanely brilliant concoction about peppy, preachy young men from the Church of Latter-day Saints. The mucho-Tony-Award-grabbing "Mormon," now at the Kennedy Center and due to hit the Hippodrome next season, comes from the creative team of Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, who also helped unleash "South Park" on an unsuspecting world.
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By John Rivera and By John Rivera,Sun Staff | June 15, 2003
American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857, by Sally Denton. Knopf. 336 pages. $26.95. Since the horrific events on that crisp autumn day in 2001, the date Sept. 11 has become a shorthand for untold tragedy. But that date on the calendar was made infamous 144 years earlier, when a group of pioneers heading west in a wagon train from Alabama to California was slaughtered in a bucolic meadow in southern Utah. The massacre of more than 120 people, men, women and children of the Fancher-Baker party between Sept 7 and 11, 1857, was, until the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the largest mass murder perpetrated on American soil.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
One by one, the sacred cows hit the ground, adroitly tipped over by the best-selling author Steve Berry in his 13th historical novel, "The Lincoln Myth. " Berry, 59, is a Florida-based former attorney and county commissioner turned author whose previous 12 books have sold more than 17 million copies in 51 countries. The sales are a tribute to the author's skill at folding his research into little-known historical puzzles inside murder mysteries starring Cotton Malone, a retired U.S. Justice Department operative turned book-seller.
NEWS
March 24, 2014
Last weekend, my wife and I endured a performance of "The Book of Mormon" at the Hippodrome , and we take exception to The Sun's rosy review of the work it described as "unusually entertaining, wickedly funny," and "really a big, old-fashioned musical" ( "'Book of Mormon' packs fresh irreverence into traditional musical formula," Feb. 25). Robert Lopez, one of the play's creators, was quoted as saying that "the idea was to highlight how religions justify believing in a righteous God, while suffering like this exists and has always existed.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
"The Book of Mormon" may not be to everyone's taste (I've had pretty spirited correspondence from some folks who took offense), but the mega-musical had no trouble drawing crowds on its first visit to Baltimore. The result turned out to be historic. "Mormon," which features a story and lyrics by Robert Lopez and "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, just broke the house record at the Hippodrome, grossing $1,675,748.25 for the week ending March 9. Breaking house records is something of a religion for this show.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Now that "The Book of Mormon" has settled into Baltimore's Hippodrome , the folks behind Midweek Madness (OK, that's me) could not resist posting this droll parody of the show's opening number. Shalom.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
The curtain-raising scene of Jesus appearing "in ancient upstate New York" is the first little clue that "The Book of Mormon" is not your average Broadway musical. By the time the show ends, every politically incorrect button has been pushed, every doorbell rung. With true missionary zeal, the creators of this hugely popular work, which reaches Baltimore on Tuesday, satirize not just one religion, but all of them. Various peoples, practices and conditions are heartily targeted in the process, too. But when all is said, sung and stung, "Book of Mormon" is really a big, old-fashioned musical, one with the same basic structure that served Rodgers and Hammerstein so well.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
When the national touring production of "The Book of Mormon" hits Baltimore later this month as part of the Broadway Across America series at the Hippodrome, the multiple Tony Award-winning musical will bring a bargain ticket offer with it. There will be a lottery drawing for $25 tickets before each performance during the run, Feb. 25 to March 9. This practice, a popular feature of the show on Broadway (there the lottery tickets are $32), has been adopted on the tour as well, attracting hundreds of participants at some stops.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Staff Writer | February 23, 1993
As sunlight streamed through the charred and collapsed roof of the Mormon church in Essex yesterday, Don Stebbing, the church's maintenance manager, stood in the chapel and gave out a bit of gallows humor."
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE SERVICE | December 31, 2000
SALT LAKE CITY - When gold medals are handed out at the 2002 Winter Games, the ceremonies will take place on a plaza built and owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. TV cameras - and, conceivably, the eyes of the world - will have little choice but to linger on the church's nearby gothic Temple, bristling with spires, and on other buildings that make up the headquarters of a rapidly growing American-born faith that claims 11 million members worldwide. Though tainted by a bidding scandal, Salt Lake City's Winter Games will certainly focus much of the world's attention on a dynamic Mormon culture, which is why the media-savvy church is gearing up to capitalize on the opportunity.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
"The Book of Mormon" has to be the most subversive Broadway musical in history. All those other supposedly radical shows, the ones with nudity or such tough subjects as mental illness, just can't hold a candle to this insanely brilliant concoction about peppy, preachy young men from the Church of Latter-day Saints. The mucho-Tony-Award-grabbing "Mormon," now at the Kennedy Center and due to hit the Hippodrome next season, comes from the creative team of Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, who also helped unleash "South Park" on an unsuspecting world.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
The Broadway phenomenon known as “The Book of Mormon,” a musical from the creators of “South Park” that became a runaway hit two years ago and shows no signs of flagging, will reach Baltimore next season as part of the Hippodrome's 10th anniversary. Joining “Mormon,” which took the Tony Award for best musical in 2011, will be the Tony winner for best play that year, “War Horse,” a show celebrated for its inventive use of life-sized puppetry. One of last year's big Tony accumulators, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a play with music based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, is also on the Hippodrome lineup.
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