When I first saw The Book of Mormon in 2015, I had no idea what to expect! My Mormon knowledge was basically 0, and as I watched this hilarious and most times inappropriate broadway show, I kept thinking to myself, wait – is this true? Is this actually how this religion started? Do Mormon people actually do this? Think this?
Here’s how The Book of Mormon (the musical) describes itself:
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. The Book of Mormon. God’s favourite musical.
The Book of Mormon follows the journey of two young Mormon missionaries, trying to bring their religion to the people of Uganda. It is a parody and musical satire. Themes are obviously exaggerated but therefore highly entertaining! The show has won 9 Tony Awards (including best musical) and this is its second Canadian tour (because the first one was so wildly successful).
That’s why I was especially excited to see the show again this year when the national tour returned to Edmonton this September.
Mike couldn’t make it last time it was in town but was able to come this time. His interest was piqued immediately when I told him it was written by the same guys who do South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone). If you’re a fan of South Park comedy, you’ll love the kind of comedy in The Book of Mormon. On the flip side, if you don’t like South Park, I think you’d still enjoy The Book of Mormon!
As expected, Mike also thought the show was hilarious!
(See it performed below at the 2012 Tony Awards!)
The Book of Mormon is funny, crude, interesting, and just an all around great show.
I love it and I think you would too! (I also feel like I notice way more Mormons around than ever before since watching the show lol).
Funnily enough, the actual Church of Latter Day Saints takes out advertisement in the broadway show playbills! (“If you liked the play, you’ll love the book… the book is better… I’ve read the book… etc.) The Church says the play does not give you an actual understanding of the book (obviously take the satire/parody/jokes with a grain of salt) but I think it’s a pretty nice “jist of it” lol but obviously, don’t take it too seriously.
When we went, the Northern Jubilee Auditorium was packed and I can only assume every other day it was in town was equally as busy. Understandably busy of course – I think The Book of Mormon is a great show and I absolutely recommend you see it the next time it rolls into town!!
Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. I attended the Book of Mormon’s Media Night.