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The Book of Mormon (musical) - WikipediaThe Book of Mormon is a musical comedy. First staged in , the play is a satirical examination of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' beliefs and practices that ultimately endorses the positive power of love and service. Parker and Stone were best known for creating the animated comedy South Park ; Lopez had co-written the music for the musical Avenue Q. In , after Parker and Stone saw Avenue Q , they met with the musical's co-writer Lopez and began developing the musical, meeting sporadically for several years. For research, the trio took a trip to Salt Lake City to meet with current and former Mormon missionaries.
A winner of nine Tony Awards with a number of sensational reviews and sell-out shows under its belt, The Book of Mormon London theatre tickets remain among the hottest in the West End. Despite parodying Mormonism, the South Park creators found it difficult to poke fun due to how friendly and nice Mormons generally are. The pair allegedly visited Salt Lake City, Utah to conduct research for the show. 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. Anyone familiar with South Park or the work of Trey Parker and Matt Stone would know that The Book of Mormon can get rather bawdy and crass at times and the humour is certainly not for everyone. The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording was released in and broke theatre records when it became the fastest-selling Broadway cast album in the history of iTunes.
What is the show about?
Dealing with parody and satire is always a tricky thing for churches. We can easily appear thin-skinned or defensive, and churches sometimes are. A few members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have seen this musical and blogged about it seem to have gone out of their way to show how they can take it. As I reflected on all that time spent parodying this particular target, I also wondered what was really going on with Mormons in Africa during those same seven years. The danger is not when people laugh but when they take it seriously — if they leave a theater believing that Mormons really do live in some kind of a surreal world of self-deception and illusion. A couple of weeks ago a review about the musical appeared in the New York Times from a Jewish writer who simply listed himself as Levi.
Have you joined the mission? The show tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach the Mormon religion, only to discover they have a lot more to learn about the real world than they have to teach about Mormonism. However, armed with his own interpretation of the Book and an innocent disposition, Elder Cunningham thrives… sort of. Working with Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, the animated sitcom-writing duo created a laugh-out-loud comedy about the Mormon religion that takes a pop at organised religion, consumerism, the current economy and the musical theatre genre itself. For context, the trio took a trip to Salt Lake City to meet with current and former Mormon Missionaries.
The show made the leap across the pond in , beginning previews on 25th February and officially opening on 21st March, and has been delighting audiences at the Prince of Wales with its crude, witty satirical humour. They went for drinks and quickly conceived the idea of writing a musical based around Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints. The show follows the journey of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach their religion. They share their scriptures with a small village in Uganda, but find it difficult to interest the locals who have much bigger things to worry about: AIDS, famine, and local warlords. Nicholaw is renowned in musical theatre and his work is currently also on display in the West End production of Aladdin. He is known for his high energy production numbers and unique skill at staging musical comedy. Read our five-star review of the show, and book your The Book of Mormon tickets, playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre , today.