The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone

Dates and Venue April 7 - 12, 2015 Tues - Sat Evenings at 8pm, Sat and Sun matinees at 2pm, and Sunday evening at 7:30pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Reviewer Ed Farolan

How can a profane, irreverent and politically incorrect show win 9 Tony awards and is still a hit musical in London's West End and Broadway? It's touring now in different cities in Canada and the U.S. (except Salt Lake City, the Mormon hub), but it's giving a lot of publicity to the Mormon faith. And yet it's a satire on the Mormons. The irony is that the Mormons are buying full page color ads in the programmes. The programme in the Vancouver production alone has three full page ads In colour.

In an article about what Mormons think about this musical from a UK website,
http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/i-asked-some-mormons-what-they-thought-about-the-book-of-mormon, none of those interviewed at Temple Park in Salt Lake City has seen the production but the interviewees have heard about its farcical anti-Mormon theme. Some say it's good publicity and others feel that this production isn't right.

From a production point of view, though, I must admit it's an entertaining show with all its stage glitter and professional acting. The actors especially the three main leads A.J. Holmes (Cunningham), Billy Harrigan Tighe (Price) and Alexandra Ncube (Nabulungi) were fabulous, with their acting, singing and dancing. The sets were fantastic. But the theme and content were perhaps purposely designed to be immoral and unethical.

However, that seems to be the trend in today's media. The more perverse, the better because perversity sells better than decency.

This satirical musical tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries who journey to a remote village in Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the village folk.

There is a pre-show lottery, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 each.  Entries for the lottery will be accepted 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to each performance, with the winners drawn 2 hours before the curtain rises. The lottery will be held on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, located around the corner from the box office. 

© 2015 Ed Farolan