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'The Book of Mormon' Faithful Followers Enter Lottery for Boise Show Tickets

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When Brooke Collings heard her husband's name called during The Book of Mormon lottery, she literally went air-borne with excitement. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • When Brooke Collings heard her husband's name called during The Book of Mormon lottery, she literally went air-borne with excitement.

When tickets for The Book of Mormon went on sale on March 20, they sold out in less than two hours. The musical, part of the Broadway in Boise series, descended on the Morrison Center this week, running from July 21-26. 

Brooke Collings was one of the thousands of people trying to buy  tickets online before they were gone.

"We thought we had tickets and when I went to purchase them, they were sold out," she said. "So I kept putting them in my cart and then going to pay and they were sold out."

Brooke still had a shred of hope she and her husband could catch the comical/controversial play during its run in Boise this week. They headed to the box office two hours before the show on July 22 and again on July 23 to put their names into a drawing for two seats. They left the kids at home and had a babysitter on retainer, just in case.

Susan Hutchinson is proud to be a serial Broadway musical ticket lottery winner. She won tickets to Wicked twice and on July 23, she won tickets to Book of Mormon. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • Susan Hutchinson is proud to be a serial Broadway musical ticket lottery winner. She won tickets to Wicked twice and on July 23, she won tickets to Book of Mormon.
It's rare that the Morrison Center box office holds ticket lotteries but with shows as popular as The Book of Mormon and Wicked, it's more chance for fans to catch a performance. The lottery held on the evening of July 23 brought nearly 200 people out, vying for only 10 pair of tickets.

The rules to winning the lottery are simple: Show up two-and-a-half hours before the curtain and be present to claim your ticket. The tickets cost $27.50 each.

At 5:30 p.m. on the dot, a Morrison Center box office employee pulled a name from a paper bag. The mood turned tense.

"Ryan Collings," she called. 

Brooke grabbed her husband's arm and started screaming, jumping up and down with excitement. 

The Collings aren't members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, although her husband grew up in an Mormon family.

"We have a couple nephews on missions," Brooke said. "This is more fun than anything for us."

The box office employee sunk her hand deep into the paper bag again and again, swishing around hundreds of pieces of paper before calling out a total of 10 names. The only reaction that topped Brooke's came from Susan Hutchinson's. When she heard her name, she did a number of fist pumps into the sky.

Hutchinson has a knack for winning. Her granddaughter won two tickets to The Book of Mormon on July 21 and took her. On July 23, she was hoping to win tickets for her husband, who just underwent hernia surgery last week.

"I felt bad for him because he couldn't come with us earlier this week," she said. "I loved it, and he loves musicals. I went home after and said, 'You have got to go see this.'"

On top of these tickets, Hutchinson also won tickets during the Wicked lottery—twice. Her secret?

"I just fold it kind of weird every time," Hutchinson said. "Then I go, 'Come on, let me win, let me win, let me win.'"

The Morrison Center box office will hold lotteries for The Book of Mormon before each performance through the remainder of the show's run through Sunday, July 26.

Nearly 200 people gathered at the Morrison Center box office on July 23, hoping to win a ticket to the sold-out  Book of Mormon. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • Nearly 200 people gathered at the Morrison Center box office on July 23, hoping to win a ticket to the sold-out Book of Mormon.