The Book of Mormon is a musical parody written by the creators of South Park and Avenue Q. It has been running in the West End for six years and the crowds continue to go back to this laugh out loud show. The Book of Mormon has been on our West End bucket list for a while, so when we were given theatre vouchers last Christmas there was only one show that we wanted to see. Find out what we thought of the show below.
The Book of Mormon
Where to start with The Book of Mormon? This show is really not for the faint hearted or easily offended. The show’s humour relies on its ability to shock the audience with jokes about race, AIDs and Adolf Hitler. The show itself follows two Mormon missionaries setting out for Uganda to convert the local community to the Mormon Church. Elders Price and Cunningham arrive to find that their mission is not what they expected as the country is rife with corruption and disease. The hapless Elder Cunningham persuades the local community to join the church and get baptised. However, he does so by embellishing the story of the Book of Mormon with references to Star Wars, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings.
The music is a big part of this show and there are a number of crowd-pleasing tunes throughout the show. In fact, the catchy numbers do cover up some of the somewhat borderline stereotypes. My personal favourites were Baptise Me, I Believe and Man Up.
The Book of Mormon definitely made me laugh out loud but the jokes are definitely on the edge of what is socially acceptable. It is definitely not one to take your parents along to. We attended the Saturday matinee and we thought there was a slight suggestion that the cast were saving their voices for the evening show. It was definitely not as energetic as Vicky’s previous visit to see the show. In summary, we enjoyed The Book of Mormon but I wouldn’t rush back to see it again.
The Book of Mormon is playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End. Tickets start at £20.
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