Why See Book of Mormon?
Still Controversial, Cynical and Undeniably Brilliant
In 2011, following a storming reception at its Denver premiere, the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, gifted the world with this outrageously funny Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon missionaries sent on to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Replete with 19 original, hilarious songs and plenty of eyebrow-raising lines (and peppered with more than a handful of expletives), The Book of Mormon isn't for the faint-hearted or easily offended, but has already won over a whole new generation of musical theatre fans. Just perhaps leave your pastor behind for this one....
The Book of Mormon has had awards heaped upon it, earning 13 Tony nominations in 2012 and going to win nine of them including Best New Musical. In the same year, it also won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, and even a Grammy Award in 2012! This smash-hit musical was written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony Award-winning writer of Avenue Q, and co-directed by Mr. Parker and three-time Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone).
What Is The Book of Mormon About?
'The greatest time of a Mormon kid's life is his mission,' sings Elder Kevin Price before finding out where and who with, his journey will begin. But things are not as the handsome and pious Elder Price predicted, when he's paired up with the hapless and puppy-like Elder Cunningham and sent off to the wilds of ...UGANDA! Disneyland this isn't, boys.
Their adventure unfolds as Elders Price and Cunningham attempt to preach The Book Of Mormon to a Ugandan rural community that has been blighted by disease and ruled over by an evil war lord. Despite some truly cringeworthy false starts and misunderstandings they learn about themselves, the true meaning of friendship and what their religion ultimately means to them.
did you know?
Despite initial worries that the Church of Latter-Day Saints would be picketing the Broadway show as well as its national tour, these cool cats have donned a wry grin and have been overall supportive of The Book Of Mormon and its good-natured lampooning of the LDS, and have taken out large advertisements in BOM playbills world-wide under the heading 'You've seen the play, now read the book'. We take our hats off to these guys.
Previews from: 24 February 2011
Opening night: 24 March 2011
The Book of Mormon is suitable for audiences aged 18 and upwards. Contains explicit language and sensitive themes throughout.
Two hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission
Cast and Creative
Kevin Clay as Elder Price
Cody Jamison Strand as Elder Cunningham
Kim Exum as Nabalungi
Stephen Ashfield as Elder McKinley
Sterling Jarvis as Mafala Hatimbi
Derrick Williams as The General
Lewis Cleale as Price's Dad/Mission President/Joseph Smith/Missionary Training Center Voice
Jordan Matthew Brown as Standby Elder Cunningham
Chase Ramsey as Standby Elder Cunningham
Bud Weber as Standby Elder Price
Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone
Music & Lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone
Directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
Choreography by Casey Nicholaw
Set Design by Scott Pask
Design by Ann Roth Costume
Lighting Design by Brian MacDevitt
Sound Design by Brian Ronan
Orchestrations by Larry Hochman
Music Supervision by Stephen Oremus
TONY AWARDS 2011
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Brian MacDevitt
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Scott Pask
Best Book of a Musical: Tery Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Nikki M.James
Best Direction of a Musical: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
Best Sound Design of a Play: Brian Ronan
Best Original Score (Musica and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Best Orchestrations: Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus
DRAMA DESK AWARDS 2011
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus
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What we thought
HILARIOUS Ingenius unmissable
One of the best musicals I have EVER seen!
If heaven promises to "have it all", then The Book of Mormon is paradise on Broadway - populated with the naughty and nice. After all, this provocative production has been running since 2011 - making it one of New York's top attractions!Read full review
What you thought
8 reviews, average rating: (4.5 Stars)
This performance was completely irreverent, only to be outdone by the atypical... more
Saw Book of Mormon last saturday night and loved it. A refeshing change... more
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