The Book of Mormon
Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York - Main Hall
About the Event
Prepare to leave the theatre with aching sides! Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, and Avenue Q creator Robert Lopez, ‘The Book of Mormon’ has been described as ’’the best musical of this century’’ and ’’the funniest musical of all time’. A blockbuster of a show, complete with fabulous dance routines and songs you’ll be humming for days, nothing is off-limits for the wit of its creators. Religion, sexuality, poverty and race all come in for their moment in this multi-award-winning show.
Dispatched to Africa on a mission of conversion, a rite of passage for most Mormon youth, a mismatched pair - committed missionary, Elder Price, and the bumbling, socially awkward Elder Cunningham - find that their mission might not be quite as simple as they expected. Aids, poverty, violence, a local warlord who really isn’t all that keen… spreading this gospel could be quite a challenge!
From its spiritual home on New York’s ‘Great White Way’ the Broadway musical has been packing the audiences in for over a century. Legendary writers such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim, or partnerships like the Gershwins , Lerner & Loewe, Rogers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, and Boublil & Schönberg, have created spectacular vehicles for star performers – so-called ‘triple threats’, who sing, dance, and act with equal talent – and powerful ensembles alike. Running the gamut from spectacular to stark and restrained, musical theatre can be pure frivolous fun, but has a long history of tackling serious social and political issues. Always primed for reinvention, alongside Broadway’s perennial hits and classics, musical theatre has a new vigor in the twenty first century, as live-action Disney, rap and ‘jukebox’ shows light up new theaters, and attract new audiences. The Show will indeed Go On!
The Book of Mormon deals with adult themes in an amusing way – a great night out for teens and adults.
Approximate duration (min.): 150
Cast / Production
Elder Price- Ryan Bondy
Elder Cunningham- Cody Jamison Strand
Nabulungi- Kim Exum
Elder McKinley- Stephen Ashfield
Mafala Hatimbi- Sterling Jarvis
Book, Music and Lyrics- Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Directors- Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
Choreographer- Casey Nicholaw
Set Designer- Scott Pask
Costume Designer- Ann Roth
Lighting Designer- Brian MacDevitt
Sound Designer- Brian Ronan
Orchestrations- Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus
Musical Director- Stephen Oremus
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