I received tickets for myself and a guest to attend the musical production of Book of Mormon at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. All opinions are my own.
Warning-there are spoilers ahead!!
From the creative geniuses behind the show South Park, comes the 9 time Tony Award winning musical, The Book of Mormon.
It’s everything you would expect from Matt Stone and Trey Parker. It’s wildly offensive, vulgar, hysterical…annnnd, it makes you think.
Whether you like these guys or not, you have to admit, they are relevant, honest, and make you think about uncomfortable things going on in the world…and they just happen to try to make you laugh in the process.The Book of Mormon is about two Mormon missionaries. One of the two is a well-versed, “model” Mormon, ready to change the world. The second, is a self proclaimed follower just hoping to make a few friends, whom has barely even cracked their good book because he feels it’s “kinda boring.”
The pair are sent to a small village in Uganda, Africa, and they get their eyes spread wide open.
The villagers they are hoping to convert are dealing with unfathomable issues the young Elders had never even heard of. This is the part where it really makes you think, and truth be told, squirm in your seat. It makes light of the situation in parts of Africa, but in the end, reminds you these things are actually happening in parts of the world.
Poking fun (a crazy understatement) at Mormon missionaries is a constant throughout the show. What’s admirable to me though, is the Mormon characters stay strong in their faith all the way to the end.Stone and Parker never cease to amaze me. The songs are outstanding, they’re catchy and upbeat. The choreography was a lot of fun to watch. And, as mentioned earlier, the story really makes you think.
After all of the raunchy, offensive jokes, and all is said and done, there was a positive takeaway.
The missionaries and villagers agreed that if you believe in something, and pull together as a community, you can overcome anything.I feel so fortunate to have been able to see this show again. I saw it the first time it was in Seattle a few years ago with my husband. We both agreed it was just as fantastic the second time around.
This show is absolutely not for children, or for the faint of heart. If you offend easily, it would be a good one to skip. But, if you enjoy a very different type of show with all the familiar attributes of a great musical, this is an excellent one to see!
Good news! It will be at the Paramount in Seattle until January 14th . Tickets are available online at STGPresents.org, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the Paramount Theatre Box Office (M-F, 10am-6pm).
If you aren’t in the Seattle area, you can check Book of Mormon Broadway for tour dates.
Photos courtesy of Julieta Cervantes.