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The Book of Mormon
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone

COMPANY : Broadway Across America [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Fabulous Fox [WEBSITE]
ID# 4534

SHOWING : January 28, 2014 - February 09, 2014

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." Entertainment Weekly says it’s "the funniest musical of all time." From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s the Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show call it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry."

Contains explicit language.


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Ya Gotta Have Heart
by playgoer
Sunday, February 2, 2014
3.5
"The Book of Mormon" playing at the Fox Theatre is in the vein of "The Producers," "Spamalot," and "Avenue Q" -- a big Broadway musical melded with an off-kilter sense of humor. In this case, though, the humor is unrelievedly crude, and there’s not a conventional storyline that grabs the viewer and keeps interest through intermission and into the second act. The first act ends, and there’s no cliffhanger moment that engages the emotions. We see a couple of Mormon missionaries in Uganda, and things haven’t gone well. End of act.

There’s a cerebral quality to the plotting: let’s have a doofus missionary and a self-assured missionary swap expected story arcs. There’s a lot of fun, but little heart. The closest thing to a love song has a man and woman sing "let’s do it," with the "it" being getting baptized. Things are wrapped up neatly, but there’s little emotional commitment requested of the audience. It’s jokey and flashy and clever. Significant numbers of the audience members left during curtain call; I got the feeling that the show was enjoyed, but not loved.

The score is fun, if often profane. The sets are impressive and effective. The costumes are varied and appropriate. The cast plays each moment with energy, and the choreography fits perfectly with the overall tone of the show. I was very disappointed, though, that lighting and microphone cues were sloppy well past opening night. A professional production should not have microphones kick in partway through a line or have blackouts where one light turns off slightly later than the others.

Yes, it’s won awards. Yes, it’s sprightly and briskly paced. But no, "The Book of Mormon" is not a particularly engaging show. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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