It's the most expensive ticket on Broadway, but yesterday some lucky fans of "The Book Of Mormon" got to cheer Joseph Smith on for free.
Midwesterners and New Yorkers alike streamed into the Eugene O'Neill Theater Wednesday for the show's second "Fan Appreciation Day," a bonus matinee performance staged for winners of a special lottery and their guests. Seating was first come first served, meaning if you queued early enough, you could snag one of those record-breaking $487.25 orchestra seats with nary a penny spent.
Aside from attracting a bargain-delirious crowd, the show marked the last for Josh Gad, who has played the lying, sweating Elder Cunningham to acclaim since "The Book Of Mormon" began. Gad, an increasingly recognizable face onscreen who's set to star in the NBC series "1600 Pennsylvania," (which he co-created) teared up as he took his bows with co-star and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells, who will be leaving the show for more televised pastures ("Girls"!) soon himself.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Before the applause and the bows and the Cartman-voiced Jesus, there was an entire period of waiting in line outside the O'Neill. Click through our slideshow below of queued-up winners from across the country, some of whom flew in just for the event, and check out a frank onstage intro from Trey Parker, who only wants to get rich, below that.
WATCH "Book Of Mormon" co-creators Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and director Casey Nicholaw below:
Gazelle Emami contributed to this piece.