Why you need to see The Book of Mormon in London
Ever since The Book of Mormon welcomed audiences to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013, audiences have been crying with laughter and rolling in the aisles at one of the West End’s funniest musicals. Two Mormon missionaries are sent to Uganda with the hope of converting communities in a show that parodises elements of Mormonism while retaining South Park charm. It’s become one of the must-see West End shows, but why? Here’s our guide to all things about the show and why you need to book The Book of Mormon tickets now.
The Book of Mormon
The South Park writers turned their hand to musical theatre
What do The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q have in common? They both feature Robert Lopez on their creative team. Lopez is one of fifteen EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners, who is also one of the musical talents behind Frozen, coming to Theatre Royal Drury Lane later this year. South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone also co-developed the book for The Book of Mormon, so if you’re a fan of the animated televised comedy, you’ll need to see this musical.
Critics have sung their praises for The Book of Mormon
“It is enormously enjoyable, and the laughs keep coming even when the story-line seems about to run out of steam. Like the contents of the Book of Mormon itself, this show could well end-up being the stuff of legend.”
“One of [The Book of Mormon’s] many surprises is that it sent an enraptured, ecstatic audience home with an odd sense of having come, somehow, to really like Mormons. A night of unalloyed joy.”
“I absolutely loved it – albeit slightly guiltily. Directed with terrific zap and zestful precision by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, the show thwacks together a caricature-tendentious view of modern Mormon masculinity with a calculatedly outrageous Lion King-skewed view of Africa.”
“It’s the hit of the year. Surprising, beguiling absurdity, and daring at every level.”
The Book of Mormon’s won many awards in London
The musical received six Olivier Award nominations across five categories in 2014, including best new musical. Take a look at which categories The Book of Mormon was nominated in, as well as the four awards the show eventually took home on 13th April 2014.
|Best new musical||The Book of Mormon|
|Best actor in a musical||Gavin Creel as Elder Price|
|Best actor in a musical||Jared Gertner as Elder Cunningham|
|Best actor in a supporting role in a musical||Stephen Ashfield as Elder McKinley|
|Outstanding achievement in music||Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone|
|Best choreography of a musical||Casey Nicholaw|
It’s one of the longest-running shows in the capital
With a continuous run at the Prince of Wales Theatre from 25th February 2013, The Book of Mormon is currently the ninth longest-running West End production. There’s a few years to go before it reaches the dizzying heights of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and The Mousetrap which have all ran for over 30 years. But having played in London for so long, the show has earned its title as a must-see musical if you’re visiting the capital.
There’s a chart-topping soundtrack
When The Book of Mormon soundtrack was released in 2011, the album broke records as the fastest-selling Broadway cast album, reaching the top spot in the US Cast Album Billboards chart. After the show’s performance at the 2011 Tony Awards, the songs gained popularity once again, with songs becoming as commercially successful as The Phantom of the Opera.
Is there an age recommendation on The Book of Mormon?
Commenting on society and religion in the unique South Park style, there’s an age recommendation for children who want to see The Book of Mormon. All ticketholders with The Book of Mormon tickets must be over 15 years old. If you want to read more about age restrictions and age recommendations for West End shows, check out our handy guide here that’s updated with the latest information.
Why should I see The Book of Mormon?
Even though it’s a musical that’s not afraid to shy away from controversial topics, awkward conversations and subjects which could cause offence, The Book of Mormon‘s a musical that still wears its heart on its sleeve. Watch out for Nabulungi being misnamed, Elder Cunningham falling in love and a sequinned tap routine to dazzle anyone.