The Book of Mormon is an outrageous comedy. And I mean that in the best possible way.
I haven’t laughed that hard in quite some time. This show is hilarious, folks. Just hilarious.
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries that are sent halfway across the globe to spread the Good Word. The bright-eyed young missionaries – Elder Kevin Price, “the smartest and most-deserving” missionary and Elder Arnold “I am a follower” Cunningham – travel the world sending the message of Mormonism. Their targets are poverty-ridden Ugandans mired in war and AIDS.
The Ugandans are quite a crew – with nothing in lose in listening to the good word – or what they believe to be the good word!
This show basically draws both the profane and the sacred, combining them into some seriously entertaining musical good cheer.
Liam Tobin is fantastic as Elder Price and Jordan Matthew Brown brings Elder Cunningham to life in a way that will have you laughing the entire time.
The show’s secret weapon and it’s sweetest singing voice, however, belongs to Kayla Pecchioni as Nabulungi, a lovable village daughter searching for happiness. Pecchioni delivers her soaring anthem of hope inspired by the possibility of paradise (aka Salt Lake City) peddled in the missionary brochures. She dreams of that paradise.
The story – although vulgar and twisted – deep down – is ultimately about hope, trust and friendship.
But, it’s crude, too. So wear your thick skin!
If you’re heading to see The Book of Mormon – I sure hope you are not easily offended. Because, odds are – something will offend you in this production. It really is just about what you’d expect—or should expect, anyway—from Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame, who teamed up with Robert Lopez, for this satire of a musical that won nine Tony Awards on Broadway in 2011.
The Book of Mormon is playing through May 5th at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $26-$147