The O’Neill opened, as the Forrest Theatre, in 1925. Named for Edwin Forrest, one of America’s first great classical actors, the theatre was produced by the Shuberts and designed by Herbert J. Krapp. Under new management, the venue became the Coronet Theatre in 1945. In 1959, it was renamed in honor of playwright Eugene O’Neill, who died six years prior.
The Book of Mormon, winner of 9 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, is the brainchild of collaborators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, five-time Emmy Award®-winning creators of “South Park,” and Robert Lopez, two-time Academy Award winner for Best Original Songs from the musicals Frozen and Coco and Tony Award®-winning co-creator of Avenue Q. Broadway’s The Book of Mormon is now playing at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.SYNOPSIS:
A pair of mismatched Mormon missionaries, one serious and dedicated and the other socially awkward yet well meaning, are sent to Uganda to convert citizens to the Mormon religion.