THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS EVER AND EVERYONE SHOULD SEE IT!! That is unless you are easily offended, then you should avoid it like the plague. Playing in the West End this musical is perfect even for those who aren’t musical theatre fans as it is funny- as in full on, laugh out loud and completely embarrass yourself hilarious. I have been to see it twice and I even cracked up the second time when I already knew the jokes.
Book of Mormon was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park) with Robert Lopez (Avenue Q). As already mentioned the material is so far beyond the line of acceptable at times but because it is offensive to pretty much everybody it doesn’t seem so bad. There is strong language and some explicit content. The story follows two young Mormons who are sent on their mission to try and convert a village of Ugandans to the church.
The songs are extremely catchy and well written; there isn’t one in the show that I don’t happily sit and listen to, although I probably wouldn’t ever do it in public. The set is quite simple but very effective. The cast is on point! There are no big names but each and every one of them plays their character superbly.
A recommendation I would make is not to listen to the soundtrack prior to going (unless you already know it) as it does give away some of the jokes and although it is still funny this would spoil it slightly.
There are not enough positive superlatives in the world for me to explain my love for this show. Tickets are quite expensive (standard!) but you can get good deals online, in the box office or you can chance the daily lottery system particularly if you are in London for a while.
I think it goes without saying I would highly recommend this show!
Have you been to see Book of Mormon? What did you think?
I loved it! Definitely one of my favourite West End shows. So crass, modern and catchy; what’s not to love?!
So true and so, so good.
I saw TBOM on Broadway a few years ago. I really like it. I think that it’s a very clever musical because the offensive side of it isn’t towards the Mormon religion, but towards life, and the audience. It seems to me that a lot of the people finding the piece offensive just haven’t really got what Trey, Matt and Bobby were going for.
It’s a while since I saw it in New York, so let’s hope that a UK tour is on the cards!
Good review 🙂