Don’t have tickets to ‘Book of Mormon’ yet? It’s never too late

Book of Mormon RYAN BONDY (ELDER PRICE) CODY JAMISON STRAND (ELDER CUNNINGHAM) CANDACE QUARRELS (NABULUNGI)The Book of Mormon is one of the certifiable smashes in contemporary Broadway history — the Hamilton of 2011. It arrived in Dallas for two sold-out runs in 2014 and 2015, and the 2016 engagement — which runs only Dec. 20–31 — is wildly popular as well. In fact, you may have assumed you couldn’t get tickets … or couldn’t afford to.

But in keeping with tradition, every performance will include a ticket lottery, in which a limited number of seats will be released for $25 each. You just show up 90 minutes before curtain, write your name on the card provided (don’t try to duplicate — they will get you!) and whether you want one or two tickets. An hour beforehand, they’ll do a drawing; if you’re selected, you get to see the show right then and there. Gee, that could be enough to make you believe in miracles.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

ATTPAC announces 2016-17 B’way series

‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is the only play in ATTPAC’s upcoming Broadway Series season.

The AT&T Performing Arts Center announced tonight the lineup for its 2016-17 Broadway Series, which imports national tours of top New York shows.

The season kicks off with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, the Tony winner for best musical. It’s an adaptation of the Ealing Studios classic film Kind Hearts & Coronets, and features a leading actor playing all the victims of a planned crime, men and women. Aug. 16–28.

Next up is the 20th anniversary tour of Rent, which won four Tonys including best musical in 1996. It centers around a group of hipsters dealing with HIV and ethical dilemmas. It, too, was based on a prior property: Puccini’s opera La Boheme. Sept. 20–Oct. 2.

For the third consecutive year, the very gay Book of Mormon comes back for an encore performance. Once more, it won the Tony. This is a bonus show, not in the regular subscription. Dec. 20–31.

The lone play in the lineup is another Tony winner, last year’s best play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a psychological drama about a gifted but isolated teenager. Jan. 11–22, 2017.

Another bonus show is Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which won the Tony for best revival of a musical last year. It is a rock opera about a transgender punk singer. Feb. 7–12, 2017.

The first show not to win the best play, musical or revival Tony is nonetheless one of B’way’s modern classics: Stephen Sondheim’s twisted fairy tale Into the Woods. May 17–28, 2017.

Two more shows are huge popular hits. Something Rotten! is a campy comedy set in the Middle Ages, as two brothers set out to compose the first musical. June 13–25, 2017.

The final version is Finding Neverland, based on the Oscar-winning film, about L. Frank Baum’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. For the record, I boycott all Peter Pan-related performances. Sooooo over it. July 11–23, 2017.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The gay interview: Andrew Rannells of “The New Normal”

I met Andrew Rannells on two occasions. The first was a strange circumstance about five years ago: I was headed to the Fair Park Music Hall to meet him and other members of the touring cast of Jersey Boys when my car was T-boned (the other driver’s fault). Nevertheless, I still made it to the interview, albeit a bit late. I got quite a few “attaboys” for showing up at all.

The last was just briefly about two and a half years ago, when he was starring in a show at the Dallas Theater Center called Give It Up. The show finally made it Broadway with a different title — Lysistrata Jones — only Rannells wasn’t in it. Instead, he’d taken on a different role in a musical: The Book of Mormon, which netted him a Tony Award nomination in the biggest hit since The Producers.

ATTPAC just announced last week that The Book of Mormon would be part of its 2013-14 lineup, but once again, Rannels won’t be in it — instead, he’s starring in one of the hit shows of the fall, NBC’s The New Normal, and out actor gets to play gay … and boy does he.

Our Chris Azzopardi got to chat with Rannells a few weeks ago, and I thought it might be a good time to run the story. The next episode airs tonight.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The Tony nominations (and what’s gay about ’em)!

Despite a boondoggle of a webcast (at least on my end, three browsers and two computers could never load it), the Tony Award nominations did come out this morning, unlike Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which ended up not being eligible for any because it has not officially opened yet despite previews starting last November.

It’s sometimes harder to quantify snubs and surprises since many shows close before the noms and live performances are organic things, but the lack of noms for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert has to be seen as a poke in the eyeball, as well as overlooked noms for Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, which moved from Off Broadway to Broadway last season.

On the upside, the success across categories of The Book of Mormon, the show from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, seems like an indication NYC theater is keeping its edge.

Of especially note to the gay community:

The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s Reagan-era play about the AIDS crisis, got its B’way debut, but peculiarly was nominated for best revival of a play. It was also nominated for two gay actors, Joe Mantello (leading) and John Benjamin Hickey (featured), as well as best direction and featured actress Ellen Barkin.

The Book of Mormon, with a lot of gay content, received a record-tying 14 nominations.

Catch Me If You Can, adapted from the Tom Hanks-Leo DiCaprio movie, got four nominations, including one for out producer Hal Luftig. It did not get nominated for its score, the last slot going instead to Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Patti LuPone, which closed after a handful of performances. LuPone didn get a nomination, as did her Gypsy co-star Laura Benanti.

• The revival of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, with gay actor Sir Brian Bedford as a cross-dressing Lady Bracknell, got three noms.

The awards will be presented June 12.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones