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Weather woes snowball for Book of Mormon fans, Fox Theatre
Two performances and a benefit are scrapped as one performance is added for the hit musical’s Atlanta premiere
For Atlanta fans of Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone’s Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, this week’s ice capades have proven scarier than the show’s “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” number. With today’s temps promising to melt the last of the ice, the most-anticipated show of the current Broadway in Atlanta season at the Fox Theatre will — fingers crossed — finally get on stage tonight at 7:30 after the show’s producers scrapped Tuesday’s opening night and Wednesday’s media night performances. To accommodate things, producers have added an additional Monday 7 p.m. performance of the show, which, in turn, has snowballed into another headache. The Book of Mormon cast had set aside Monday night Feb. 3 (the show’s one dark night) to contribute their time and talent to Crush: A Valentine to the 90s, a benefit cabaret to raise money for the Atlanta meals on wheels nonprofit Open Hand and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at the Woodruff Arts Center. The cabaret has now been cancelled and organizer Kevin Ireland says cabaret ticket holders will be contacted beginning today.
Oh, and because of the weather, staffers at Open Hand today, meanwhile, are pleading with Atlantans able to get out and about today to volunteer as drivers since their home-bound clients have now been without fresh deliveries of meals since Tuesday (if you can help, click here).
Ticket-holders for Tuesday and Wednesday night’s cancelled performances of Book of Mormon are being given exclusive access to tickets to Monday’s added performance but exchanges “will be honored on a first come, first serve basis” until 5 p.m. Friday, according to the Fox. For folks who can’t make the Monday show, the venue is working to exchange seats for other performances, based on availability.
If you’re a Broadway in Atlanta subscriber, call 800-278-4447 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fox is asking all other ticket-holders to phone 404-881-2000 or email them at email@example.com and make sure you provide your customer name, customer account number (it’s on your sales confirmation), your seat location and your phone number.
But given the show’s popularity, iced-in, freaked out fans took to the Fox’s Facebook page Tuesday and Wednesday to yell at the Atlanta landmark’s box office staff to cancel the performances while intowners screamed at the venue not to cancel the performances. Others complained that the theater’s box office staff wasn’t working fast enough to exchange tickets and rearrange parking via phone and email for all of the Fox’s 4,678 seats. Most were displeased because couldn’t get through on the swamped theater’s phone lines or that they had not yet received a response to an email three nanoseconds after they clicked “send.” God bless him, Fox Theatre social media manager Russ Sauve personally responded to each ticket-holder inquiry/bitch fest on the page throughout the day and night Wednesday. Even the ones acting like a certain Northern Ugandan warlord villain in the musical whose name cannot be reprinted here.
But never fear, the sun is out and the ice is melting. And as Elders Kevin Price and Arnold Cunningham dutifully remind us all in The Book of Mormon, Tomorrow is a Latter Day.