11/29/2012 06:00 pm ET Updated Nov 29, 2012

San Francisco 'Book Of Mormon' Opening Night Brings Out Local Elites (PHOTOS)

"Book of Mormon" mania has descended on San Francisco.

The Huffington Post reported on the musical's upcoming arrival back in February when it was first announced. Once tickets went on sale, local blog Whilst in SF summed up the frenzy quite nicely, and SHN was forced to instate a ticket lottery for the unfortunate plebs who couldn't hit refresh fast enough to score a seat in the first round.


And on Wednesday night, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker's brilliant farce finally arrived.

As could have been expected, local celebrities crowded Wednesday night's opening at the Curran Theater. Guests included Tom Waits, Paul Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee, Phil Kaufman and a stylish-as-ever Willie Brown.

San Francisco Symphony Director Michael Tilson Thomas sat near Metallica's Lars Ulrich and the two shared a warm pre-show embrace. (At least according to rumors whispered to The Huffington Post over intermission cocktails.)

And then there was the show: the hilarious, brilliant show.

SHN did not disappoint--at least not judging by the overwhelming audience reaction on Wednesday. The audience roared with laughter and hooted at the several nods to San Francisco throughout the show. And when the curtain dropped, the crowd quickly stood for a standing ovation.

Take a look at images from the big night below, courtesy of our friends at Drew Altizer Photography:

SF 'Book of Mormon' Opening