There’s no two ways about it, THE BOOK OF MORMON is outrageous, rude and offensive. They are positive comments by the way. It’s also absolutely hilarious and surprisingly endearing.
This musical comedy from creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen, follows the story of two young Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, working to spread the word of the Latter Day Saints to the locals in a small town in Uganda.
The LDS church members realise how daunting their task is when they discover the villagers are more concerned with the AIDS epidemic, oppression, and starvation. I think if you take a look at the trailer you’ll get the gist…..
Those of us who are secret fans of SOUTH PARK will remember the episode, ‘All About Mormons’ back in 2003. It was that episode which inspired Trey and Matt, to come up with THE BOOK OF MORMON. That episode alone was voted the best from the show’s seventh series. The South Park creators found it difficult to poke fun at the religion due to how friendly and nice Mormons generally are. The pair allegedly visited Salt Lake City in Utah to carry out research for the show.
If you’re familiar with any of the other work of Trey Parker and Matt Stone you’ll know what THE BOOK OF MORMON is going to deliver. Having said that, the musical has never received any backlash from members of the Church of Latter Day Saints. The Mormon Church even said the musical may be “entertaining for a day.” In fact the church used the musical’s high-profile platform to its advantage and frequently advertised in the show’s programmes with such lines as “You’ve seen the play, now read the book” and “the book is always better.”
Robert Lopez co-created the Broadway musical Avenue Q and co-wrote the songs for Disney’s Frozen and Coco. His catalogue of work is incredible. He is one of only fifteen artists to win all four major entertainment awards – Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Awards.
Opening in 2011 on Broadway to rave reviews, The Book of Mormon transferred to the West End in 2013 where it won four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. This is the moment the cast performed at those London Awards…….
The lyrics are guaranteed to have you weeping with laughter with catchy little tunes like…. ‘All American Prophet,’ ‘Spooky Mormon Hell Dream,’ ‘Baptize Me,’ ‘Tomorrow Is a Latter Day’ and ‘I Believe.’ The choreography however, is another level. When you see the show you’ll see what we mean. It definitely brings an extra shot of levity to an already highly entertaining show.
The BOOK has smashed long-standing box office records in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and cities across the U.S. Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, where it won nine Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, it has been performed on three continents and won over thirty international awards. The musical.
The London production opened in February 2013, winning four Olivier Awards® including Best New Musical, and breaking the record for the highest single day of sales in West End history. It has sold out every one of its 2783 performances to date at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Now finally we get to see it on its first ever, long overdue tour of the UK.
So let’s introduce you to the cast we’ll see in Cardiff next year with some great pictures from Paul Coltas…..
THE BOOK OF MORMON is coming to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 28th November. Now that may seem a long way off but trust us when we say tickets will be snapped up quickly. You can either get tickets from the box office on 02920-636464 or go here. MORMON