It wasn’t as offensive as it was hyped up to be … at least, I didn’t think so. Still, if you’re the sensitive sort, you should probably stay at home as there is more than the odd bit of cussing.
I was a little sceptical. After all, I’ve never watched an episode of South Park right the way through. And I’m not mad about musicals. But, Irish Friend had a spare ticket with her monthly church outing. How could I turn down a Book of Mormon trip with 30 Catholic church-goers ?
Curtains up. The Elders – all perfect smiles, greased back hair and starched uniforms – march onstage and introduce themselves in a clever round of hellos and doorbells. “Hello!” The song is now stuck on repeat in my head … and I’m hooked on this happy campy and very energetic musical.
It’s a story about a mismatched pair of missionaries sent to Uganda. Along the way, they do the circle of all-American themes – overcoming adversity, lessons in humility, redemption. Mix it up with Glee, The King & I, and The Sound of Music on steroids, and there you have it. You’ll be quoting from the musical for weeks.
I was happy, smiley and pumped up by the end. In fact, I had a dry tear caught at the back of my throat. I won’t give away the ending, but let’s just say that the triumph of the underdog hits your soft spot.
The Book of Mormon is playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. Tour dates.
~ Spotted Cow
Images from the official websites.