I want to begin by telling you that I am a huge fan of South Park so my opinion for Book of Mormon musical will be biased.
However, if you are a fan of the show too and appreciate the humor of Matt Stone and Trey Park (the creators of these two shows) you will most probably want to keep reading… or stop reading and go see the Book of Mormon on Broadway right now – it’s worth it, I promise!
The Multiple Awards
The show is a musical which received multiple awards world-wide, was very well received both in the UK and US, and unlike other musicals where the producers have media connections which lead to the positive reviews, Parker, Stone and Lopez are first-timers in the industry. Even though the first two have written for TV before (e.g. South Park), none of the three wrote a musical for Broadway before. Despite their “newbiness”, they still received amazing reviews!
I don’t want to give you any spoilers and ruin it for you, but Ill just give you a few pointers about the story behind the Book of Mormon so you can get an idea of how awesomely funny and well thought it is. The narrative follows two young Mormons in their journey in Uganda as they attempt to convert the natives to Christianity. Despite the title, this is not a mocking of Mormonism per se, but a perspective on the ridiculousness of religion. I must warn you however, that if you’re easily offended then this musical is definitely not for you. If you’re religious (even if you’re not a Mormon), I’m sorry but you shouldn’t go. However, if you like witty humor and sarcasm you will find the show very enjoyable!
The Perfectly Fitted Cast
Casting for a musical is not as easy as throwing in some celebrities with good voice. What makes this musical great is how well suited each actor is to the character they play. The leading actors (and singers), Gavin Creel and David O’Reilly have just the right amount of smug and irony without going over the top. Another important role is played by Alexia Khadime, the mezzo-soprano known for her role in the very successful musical rendition of The Lion King.
To be perfectly honest, I am not a huge fan of the sung parts on any show. I like to laugh and be entertained, and in most musicals I find the songs to usually be the most boring or at least the lowest points of the show. Yes, you can admire the talent of the actors, but still it’s usually not the highlight of the evening. However, that is not the case in the Book of Mormon. Do you know all those funny songs from South Park – the ones which go viral and make you laugh not because of the melody or the notes but for the original humor and rhymes? Well, if you enjoy a song which makes you laugh, there are more than a handful in this amazing musical!
If those 4 reasons were not enough to make you book your ticket right now, you should also know that the musical received 5 stars from publications such as The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly, it will most likely be relaunched as a movie in 2015 and it is one of the most offensive, funniest, crude and foul-mouthed shows I’ve seen in the past year, all in a really positive way!