Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Book of Mormon

As I am sure many critics have warned before, this show is definitely not for the easily offended. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park and the brains behind The Book of Mormon, leave no stereotype untouched in their cleverly hilarious show. Musical genius, Robert Lopez, also known for writing the songs for Frozen, shares the duo's dark sense of  humor. Together they have produced a musical that will have you laughing for days and playing the soundtrack on a loop for months.

Hello, was performed quite weakly which was a shame considering that the show opens on this song. After that, the show took off and the energy remained high throughout the rest of the show. 

The amount of big dance numbers was quite surprising but incredibly impressive. As the missionaries are being paired off for their missions, they dance out their excitement in the song Two by Two in an extravagant, over the top but highly entertaining routine. For choreography fans, watch out for the song Turn it off as it shows you that if you break into song and dance and wear sparkly enough jackets, nothing bad can get to you. 

Every musical needs its romantic ballad and The Book of Mormon is no different. Baptise Me is a cleverly twisted song to fit in as the show's required love song. Indeed things do heat up at this point between Elder Cunningham and Nabulungi as they both overcome their fears to 'do it' for the first time... 

Elder Price played by Billy Harrigan Tighe is a young missionary who is ready to bring others into the church and he's confident that he is the best man for the job until his faith becomes shaken. A.J. Holmes plays the lovable goofy Elder Cunningham whose vivid imagination manifests as a variety of sci-fi characters and bizarre stories. Both men are excellent performers and most entertaining. The two characters balance each other perfectly and are able to amuse the audience together and separately. The pair are sent to Uganda where they are faced with Warlords, disease and misery. Together with a group of Mormons lead by the hysterically camp Elder McKinnley (Stephen Ashfield) they try to bring the locals to the Church of Latter-day Saints. 

In a show where even a  Spooky Mormon hell dream is full of glitz, glamour and so many sparkles, there isn't really anything more I could ask for! 

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