Watched A Broadway Musical

"This book will change your life!"
--from the song "Hello!",
The Book of Mormon

Today, we went to the matinee showing of the critically acclaimed
Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, winner of 9 Tony Awards this year including Best Musical. It's playing at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on 49th Street. Because of how well this show has done, the tickets are sold out for months. Fortunately, we got our tickets many, many months ago.

The theatre was pretty crazy when we got there, and after we got our tickets from will call, which was totally chaotic, we stood in a lengthy line to get in.

For those that don't know, this musical was put together by
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and if you're familiar with their work, you know there is a ton of explicit content in it.

The story is about two mismatched Mormon missionaries (one is a little self absorbed and the other is a little ... different) attempting to convert villagers in Uganda. The people of the village are ruled by a local overlord with a colorful name. The plot is great because there is a lot of conflict between the missionaries and the overlord, amongst themselves, and within themselves as well.

It started with a song called "Hello!", which takes place in a Mormon Missionaries Training Center. This song is very entertaining and the way it's choreographed on stage is so well done. I remember being very excited about the rest of the play after this number.

I won't spoil the rest of it for you, but the talent and music were excellent, the singing was great, and the lyrics were clever and hilarious. The production was fantastic, and I was impressed with the staging and choreography of the performance. There was a tap dancing gag that I found particularly enjoyable and well-executed.

The stage they used had a church stained glass border, and during the show, it would light up in different colors.

If you have a chance to see this musical and/or you like
South Park or Team America, check this out. If you are easily offended by explicit material, I can't recommend it. There was a couple in front of us that left during the intermission and didn't return.

I don't go to a lot of musicals because they cost so much, but I really had a great time watching
the Book of Mormon. I felt like it was a steady stream of laughs the entire way through, and the songs are just so catchy that you want to sing them afterwards, even if the things you're singing probably shouldn't be repeated in public.

The thing that I've always respected about Parker and Stone is that no one is above their ridicule. They equally make fun of all groups of people, and the results here at least are outstanding. Also, no one should be surprised that they were able to create such a wonderful musical. Have you seen
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut?

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