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The Mormons perform a musical number during the play. Photo by Julieta Cervantes 

“The Book of Mormon” is coming to Gainesville this January, and a lucky few have the chance to win cheaper tickets in a lottery.

The award-winning musical comedy will be in town from Jan. 14 to Jan. 19 for eight showings. Twenty $25 tickets in the first two rows will be offered at random to those who enter the raffle at the Curtis M. Phillips Center’s box office. Entries will be accepted 2 1/2 hours before each show’s opening and the winners will be announced 30 minutes later, said UF Performing Arts marketing director Brandon Nappy.

This is the only Broadway musical in UF’s 2019-2020 season with a ticket lottery, UF Performing Arts director Brian Jose wrote in an email. 

“While common on Broadway, they [ticket lotteries] are more rare for touring Broadway productions, which makes this lottery that much more exciting for us,” Jose wrote. 

Student tickets cost $30 and sold out in eight hours, Jose stated in an email. A few hundred general public tickets priced at $49 to $119 are still available on UF’s performing arts website

Gainesville is “The Book of Mormon’s” fourth stop on the 2019-2020 national tour. The musical comedy, which follows two Mormons preaching to a Ugandan village, received nine Tony awards in 2011.  

“This is the first time we’ve been lucky enough to bring “The Book of Mormon” to UF,” Jose wrote. “It’s something we’ve been trying to coordinate for quite some time, and finally the stars have aligned.” 

Correction: This article was updated to reflect that the lottery is free to enter. The Alligator previously reported differently.