July 11th, 2012
One of my best friends just recently returned from a trip to New York City, and he explained to me that the highlight of his tenure there was going to see a Broadway showing of the Book of Mormon. This anecdote greatly perked my interest, because usually my friend is a rigid critic of most anything he encounters. I hadn’t previously heard much about the musical besides the fact that its creator’s, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, were also the creators of the show South Park. So I decided that the next time I was in the Big Apple I’d have to definitely go see the performance.
After viewing the satire, I can safely say that the Book of Mormon is one of the most worthwhile experiences I’ve had in a long time! It was absolutely one of the most hilarious spectacles I have ever seen. The plot was surprisingly well constructed and it had me totally engaged the entire way through. The musical is a religious satire, so the pious might not be interested. However if you can accept the performance as a light-hearted comedic entertainment, then you should love the Book of Mormon.
The two lead actors were absolutely phenomenal, but truly the entire cast produced a flawless performance. You could really tell that everyone had their parts down impeccably.
My wife and I were positioned to the left side of the theatre, and for the most part we had an excellent view of everything. The theatre wasn’t gigantic, so the intimate atmosphere made the performance that much more lively.
The musical itself describes the tale of two youthful missionaries during their mission to a village in Uganda. When they arrive, they are confronted with realities that they did not expect. The musical details what occurs when the two naïve missionaries encounter these ‘realities’. While this might sound uncomedic, you wouldn’t believe the hilarity that ensues!
I certainly recommend the Book of Mormon to anyone that is looking for a great round of laughs. The story, acting, and entertainment is definitely worthwhile!
The Book of Mormon will be playing at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles from Sept 5th – Nov 25th. We have The Book of Mormon Tickets for all dates of the run.
June 18th, 2012
Book of Mormon
Religion is often a very touchy subject to handle. It gets even tougher when you try to do a musical about it. The Book of Mormon somehow made a double win though when it managed to satirize and praise religion at the same time. This being Matt Parker and Trey Stone’s first attempt in making a Broadway musical, I must say it is not bad at all.
If you are not a Mormon, not religious, have a sense of humor, and can laugh at crass jokes then this is definitely a must-watch. For someone who barely had an idea what Mormonism and their doctrines and beliefs are all about I was surprised that it was an educational watch for me too minus the boring lecture hours.
Admittedly the ticket was a bit pricey and obtaining them certainly wasn’t an easy task for me to accomplish but it was definitely worth it. The Book of Mormon wasn’t all about just poking fun at religion. It tells the story of two good-hearted but naïve educators who lands in a foreign land with hardly a clue of what the place was all about and how the people behaved. In the course of their adventure they get to learn valuable lessons while imparting knowledge at the same time, find themselves, and strengthen their values. What I liked best about The Book of Mormon was that it was an original play. It wasn’t based on any movie or famous story allowing me to watch the play in suspense because I had no idea how it will end.
For those who might think it is just another one of those South Park episodes and there won’t be anything new about the plot and story line then you might just be surprised at the end when you’d want to cry from laughter and from some heart-wrenching scenes too.
The Book of Mormon is a play that challenges your beliefs, open your eyes to problems being ignored in our parts of the world, while making you laugh at the silly things people do to keep them sane. The song and dance numbers are quite good. The lyrics of some of the songs will definitely be stuck in your head for a few days and do not be surprised if you catch yourself humming a line or tune, “Hasa Diga Eebowai” would be a good example. The Book of Mormon was not only funny and fun to watch but it was smartly written. Wear an adult diaper when you watch it. You might just thank the gods that you did.
By – Julie Metcafe
Book of Mormon will be at the Los Angeles Pantages Theater from Sept 8 – Nov 24th 2012. We have Book of Mormon Tickets for all preformances of the the Musical.