Winner of four 2014 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical, The Book Of Mormon has been a phenomenal success following its opening in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013. This success began in 2011 after its debut on Broadway, selling out faster than you can say “Oh my God, they killed Kenny” and winning 9 Tony Awards and receiving a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
The Book of Mormon is the outrageous brainchild of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, along with Robert Lopez of Avenue Q. As a result, the show frequently crosses the line with its sharp satire and on-the-nose humour with outrageous religious and social commentary.
The Book of Mormon gleefully skewers a truckload of sacred cows including organized religion, consumerism and the musical genre itself. Despite this or, perhaps because of this, the show is endearing, thoughtful and outrageously funny.
The Book of Mormon creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the genius creative duo behind the phenomenally successful, long-running animated TV comedy series South Park. Robert Lopez has previously enjoyed worldwide success as the progenitor of potty-mouthed puppet parody Avenue Q.
KJ Hippensteel currently plays Elder Price. His has performed in The Book of Mormon on Broadway, in Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical and The Wedding Singer.
The full cast also includes Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham), Steven Webb (Elder McKinley), Richard Lloyd King (Mafala Hatimbi), Leanne Robinson (Nabulungi), Dean Maynard, Michael Moulton, Kelly Agbowu, Chanice Alexander-Burnett, Philip Catchpole, Nicholas Collier, Christopher Copeland, Brendan Cull, Joshua Da Costa, Joseph Davenport, Nicole Dennis, Jonathan Dudley, Myles Hart, Alex Lodge, Joshua Lovell, Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky, Nicholas McLean, David McMullan, David O’Reilly, Sackie Osakonor, Stephen Rolley, Scott Sutcliffe, Ngozi Ugoh, Anna Van Ruiten, Rodney Vubya, Tommy Wade-Smith and Harry Wright.
The Book of Mormon tells the story of two eager young Mormon missionaries, Elder Kevin Price and Elder Arnold Cunningham.
Dispatched to a small town in Uganda to spread the word of the Latter Day Saints, they’re walloped by culture shock and end up in a showdown with a tyrannical warlord.
The duo are forced to confront their own beliefs before they can win the day, not to mention facing off with famine, poverty and AIDS. It may not sound like the stuff of uproarious comedy, but in the hands of spectacularly snarky South Parkers, Stone and Parker, that’s exactly what The Book of Mormon is.
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Not recommended for children or the easily offended - this is adult stuff, for liberal-minded audiences. But if you love South Park's near-the-knuckle comedy and / or gloriously life-affirming, painfully funny musicals stuffed to the gills with take-home-tunes, then The Book Of Mormon is absolutely essential.
If you're a parent and you're OK with your kids watching South Park, then use your own judgement about letting them see this.
Contains swearing, sexual content, offensive content.
The Book of Mormon masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the genius creative duo behind the phenomenally successful, long-running animated TV comedy series South Park.
But as well as the edgy, Colorado-set cartoon show, they've built up an impressive, idiosyncratic body of work at the movies with off-beat comedies including 'BASEketball', 'Team America - World Police', 'Cannibal: The Musical and Orgazmo'.
The latter in particular is of interest to those with half an eye on The Book Of Mormon. Its protagonist Joe Young is a naive Mormon who's unwittingly roped into the adult movie business.
This 1997 movie is the most visible precursor to the current musical, but it's far from the only instance in Parker & Stone's canon involving the Church of the Latter Day Saints getting ribbed; South Park is full of them.
How did P & S come to be so fascinated by Mormonism? Simply because they both grew up in Northwest Colorado, they say, which is near the Utah border and thus has a significant Mormon population.
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