Book of Mormon Album Is Broadway’s Biggest in Decades

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The Book of Mormon Eugene O'Neill Theatre Cast List: Josh Gad Andrew Rannells Nikki M. James Rory O’Malley Michael Potts Scott Barnhardt Justin Bohon Darlesia Cearcy Kevin Duda Asmeret Ghebremichael Brian Tyree Henry John Eric Parker Jason Michael Snow Benjamin Schrader Michael James Scott Brian Sears Lawrence Stallings Rema Webb Maia Nkenge Wilson Tommar Wilson Production Credits: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker (Direction) Casey Nicholaw (Choreography) Scott Pask (Set Design) Ann Roth (Costume Design) Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Design) Brian Ronan (Sound Design) Larry Hochman (Orchestrations) Stephen Oremus (Music Supervision) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez Music by: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez Book by: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez Photo: ?2011 Joan Marcus/?2010, Joan Marcus

Adele is back on top of the Billboard charts (for the tenth time this year), but at least there's skyrocketing momentum elsewhere: In the wake of The Book of Mormon's nine Tony wins this past Sunday, the show's original cast recording jumped at least 200 places on the chart to come in at No. 3, with 61,000 albums sold. That's the highest single-week tally for a Broadway album since SoundScan started tracking such data in 1991, and it's the highest chart placement for the genre since Hair dominated the charts in 1969. Helping matters was Amazon.com's steep discount, offering Mormon for only $1.99 over three days — a move that accounted for 85 percent of the album's sales. Perhaps those singing Latter-Day Saints took notes from Lady Gaga? [Billboard]