A night out in London’s West End is best spent in laughter, so if you and your pals are lucky enough to score tickets to The Book of Mormon, you’re in for a treat that combines the prestige of the theatre with the hilarity of a stand-up comedy routine.
No one in your group can suppress their excitement as you push through the doors of the Prince of Wales Theatre and ready yourselves for a night of fun at this nine-time Tony Award-winning show. Since this musical was written by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Avenue Q music writer Robert Lopez, none of you should be under the impression that what you’re about to see is a tame production. The Book of Mormon certainly isn’t for the easily offended or politically correct.
Settle in your seats and revel in the exhilarated buzz from an audience that knows it’s in for an evening of laughs. As the show starts, follow the adventures of Elders Kevin Price and Arnold Cunningham, two missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Though Elder Price hopes to be sent to Orlando, Florida, they are assigned to complete their two-year mission in Uganda and are tasked with converting the locals. Feel the culture shock along with the characters as they meet a village that couldn’t care less about religion and a Ugandan warlord who finds the pair neither endearing nor well-meaning.
Some of the raunchy jokes will make you unsure whether you should blush or laugh, so look at your friends and other audience members for cues. Double over in laughter at the show’s less-than-appropriate songs, from the catchy “Hasa Diga Eebowai” to the charged “Baptize Me” and rousing “I Believe.” The show’s pop culture references will surely make you grin, with characters from Star Wars, Star Trek, and The Lord of the Rings making appearances.
At the end of the show, you’ll feel a combination of uplifting satisfaction and hoarseness as you recover from your two and a half hours spent in a fit of giggles. Repeat your favorite jokes as you exit the theater and pick up a CD so you can sing along to your favorites on your way home. And, should you and your friends love it that much, you wouldn’t be the first to see it twice.