The Book of Mormon starts as it means to go on with the dazzling musical number ‘Hello!’ Instantly, I was hooked. I don’t think my eyes left the stage once! With the perfectly pruned all singing all dancing cast jiving and tapping all over the stage, you know you’re in for an entertaining night! The show follows the story of two mormons, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham. They are united in their mission to spread the Lord’s word. These two unlikely friends are sent to spread the word in Africa which might not quite be the exotic location they had hoped for, but the pair of idiots soon become very loveable. Their belief is that they will win people over with their polite manner and convert everyone they meet to their beliefs. Their intentions are good, we’ll give them that!
Is it as inappropriate as people say?
The show is very funny, that cannot be denied. Delivered by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, you would expect there to be at least some inappropriate humor. Well, there definitely is. There is the occasional use of the word “cunt” and distasteful joke thrown around that some may find offensive. If you think that may be you, this might be a show to avoid! Some parts did make me feel a little uncomfortable. At one point a war lord suggests that raping babies and female circumcision can cure Aids in Uganda – need I say any more? It’s an all singing, all dancing South Park on stage to put it simply. If you are prepared for this and that is your kind of humor, I’m sure you’ll thoroughly enjoy it. Just make sure you bare that in mind before turning up with your kids!
Why has it been so popular?
Tickets for The Book of Mormon have been selling like hot cakes since it first hit the West End and it’s easy to see why. In fact it even broke West End box office records and then won nine Tony Awards on Broadway. Inappropriateness aside, it really is a show that goes all out and you can see how much effort has been put into every musical number. With a £650,000 marketing campaign for the West End show, it’s clear what led to it being so popular. Having marketed it look a Hollywood film, people are tripping over themselves trying to get tickets. They might not know what it’s about, but they still don’t want to miss out on the show everyone is talking about.
Where can I get tickets?
If this sounds like you’re kind of show it’s currently playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre until July. You can get tickets HERE.