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Over A Thousand People Shut Down A CBD Block To Get Cheap Tix To "The Book Of Mormon"

Thousands of Australians queued at Melbourne's Princess Theatre to try and nab a pair of tickets.

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The hugely successful musical The Book of Mormon is heading to Australia and tickets are going fast.

Jumped in line. Jumped for joy #BookOfMormonAU #TheMormonsAreComing

Since its Broadway, New York, premiere in 2011, The Book of Mormon - a religious satire from the men behind South Park - has played in other US cities and on London's West End. Many of the scheduled performances at Melbourne's Princess Theatre have already sold out.

On January 5 The Book of Mormon organisers announced that all the tickets for a January 17 preview performance would be sold for $20. The tickets, which went on sale at the Princess Theatre on Monday morning, could only be purchased physically – not online – prompting hundreds of Aussies to swarm Melbourne's CBD.

Wondering why people were queued around the block on Spring Street? Scott and Colin Marriott were first in line for… https://t.co/z4ujHUPNQq

Father and son Scott and Colin Marriott lined up for 18 hours, camping overnight, to make sure they were first in line. “I’ve already bought full-price tickets but this was such a good chance to see it again, I had to do it,” Colin Marriott told The Herald Sun.

Some punters weren't as committed as the Marriotts, and didn't show until early morning. Boy, did that mean a lot of sunburned Aussies in the Melbourne's CBD.

At the front of #BookOfMormonAU queue but it wraps the entire block of Collins, Bourke, and Russell St 😩

Why isn't the line moving? I don't have all day 😩 #BookOfMormonAU

There is well over 1000 people here for a show that's never been played in Aus. Never underestimate the power of theatre. #BookOfMormonAU

Sacrificing myself & probs getting my first burn of 2017. Will be worth it if I get tix #palelife #gonnaburninhellanyway #BookOfMormonAU

Just after 9am on Monday morning organisers were forced to close the line – an hour before the tickets even went on sale.

Due to an overwhelming show of fans we are closing the line. Thank you Melb! We are SO proud of you!… https://t.co/GAK75aWpqP

The Book of Mormon has broken box office records at a number of venues around the world.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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