Here is my review of one of the most popular Broadway shows: “The Book of Mormon,” which I saw a couple of weeks ago.
Written by the creators of “South Park” and the composer of “Avenue Q,” this musical is irreverent, hilarious, and completely over-the-top. I am not a fan of “South Park” as I find it too crude, but that is not the case with this musical.
The story follows two young Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, as they embark on a mission to convert the people of Uganda to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But things don’t quite go according to plan when they discover the harsh realities of life in Africa, and their own faith is put to the test.
The music is catchy and upbeat, with memorable songs like “Hello,” “I Believe,” and “Turn It Off.” The choreography is top-notch, with energetic and entertaining dance numbers.
The cast that I saw when I was in attendance was excellent. The leads, played by Kevin Clay as Elder Price, and Cody Jamison Strand, as Elder Cunningham, especially Strand, were brilliant. Their comedic timing is excellent. The supporting cast was as talented.
This show is incredibly popular, and tickets can sell out fast. Also, be aware that the show does contain some explicit language and mature themes, so it may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Some might be hesitant to see a show that pokes fun at religion, and I understand. It isn’t for the faint of heart. So if you’re looking for a hilarious and entertaining night out and don’t mind raunchy humour, I recommend “The Book of Mormon.
In summary, “The Book of Mormon” is a funny and irreverent musical, and it is easy to understand why it is a top drawer on Broadway.
As a side note, the show also tackles relevant social issues such as poverty, disease, and cultural differences. It sheds light on many people’s struggles in developing countries and the importance of understanding and respecting different cultures.
Head down to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre for a night you won’t soon forget!
Caveat: “The Book of Mormon” is a satirical musical.
It uses humour and exaggeration to critique and poke fun at certain aspects of the Mormon religion, as well as other religious beliefs and cultural norms. The show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are known for their satirical approach to comedy, as seen in their hit TV show “South Park.” Keep this in mind to determine if this is a show for you.