The Book of Mormon came to life in 2011, after almost seven years of development. Opening on Broadway at Eugene O’Neill Theatre, the show received an overwhelming response and set record ticket sales at the theatre. Since it opened eight years ago, the show has delighted audiences around the world, with two US tours, a continuous run in London’s West-End, a production in Melbourne, Australia and the first ever none-English production in Stockholm, Sweden. The show premiered on the West-End in 2013 and is currently playing at The Prince of Wales Theatre.
The Book of Mormon tells the tale of two young Mormon missionaries, Elder Kevin Price (Dom Simpson, London) and Elder Arnold Cunningham (J. Michael Finley, London). The duo are dispatched to a small town in Uganda to spread the word of the Latter Day Saints, where they are faced by a culture shock and are forced to face their own beliefs, along with a face off with famine, poverty, AIDS…and a tyrannical warlord.
It might not sound like the stuff of brilliant comedy, but The Book of Mormon comes from South Park creators, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, along with Musical Songwriter Robert Lopez, which says it all. You’re in for a snarky, side-splittingly-funny treat that’ll leave you laughing for days.
The show pokes fun at not just Mormonism, but religion in general. It’s tongue-in-cheek and if you’ve seen South Park, you’ve probably already guessed that the show isn’t for the easily offended. It’s a show for the liberal-minded, with the rule that all audience members aged 15 and under have to be accompanied by a (responsible) adult (and sat next to them throughout the show). The humour is in both the dialogue and the song, ensuring a steady run of laughs throughout.
Elder Cunningham provides arguably the most laughs through his naivety and hilarious one-liners- he’s shocked that Uganda isn’t like The Lion King.
You know when you have a song stuck in your head for weeks and weeks and it is impossible to get it out? Those songs you love that much you’ll be sending the YouTube and Spotify links to everyone? That’s how you’ll feel after hearing the songs from The Book of Mormon. “You and Me (But Mostly Me)” and “Turn It Off” are firm fan favourites, while “Hasa Diga Eebowai” will remind you of The Lion King so much, you’ll be booking tickets to The Lyceum Theatre as soon as the show’s over. Just don’t get the meaning mixed up with Hakuna Matata…
For fans up North, it was announced back in November 2018 that the Mormons are taking a trip to Manchester. From 6 June to 13 July 2019, The Book of Mormon will be playing at The Palace Theatre.
If you’re after tickets for the West-End performance, tickets can be booked up until April 2019. Plus, if you’re thinking of going, there’s no better time than the present, as Encore Tickets have a deal on where you can get £10 off a £50 spend! Be quick though, the offer is only temporary!
Grossing over $500 million, The Book of Mormon is one of the most successful musicals of all time. It’s a must-see hit that’ll leave you wanting more and the only thing you’ll regret is not seeing it sooner.