The Book of Mormon: Profane or Profound
No matter what you do or who you talk to, it’s hard to escape the hype surrounding the latest musical extraordinaire to come to Australia’s shores – the Tony award winning musical; The Book of Mormon, heralding from the writers of South Park. It’s currently playing in Sydney at the Star Casino until September 2018. The show has received reviews like “a hilarious musical that seldom goes more than 10 seconds without a big laugh” from Robert Feldberg of Bergen Record and “surely goes further than any musical in Broadway history. Hilariously profane and wholly hilarious” from the Chicago Tribune. It’s no wonder why people cannot stop talking about it.
Arriving at the Casino on Saturday night, the place was swarming with patrons, all buzzing in anticipation and excitement for the show they were about to see. The musical itself revolves around two new members of the Mormon church, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, who have just been given their mission location – Uganda, where they are sent to try and garner new members to the Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints. As you can imagine, the concept doesn’t initially go down well with the people of Uganda and you follow their journey to bring the word of The Book of Mormon and the story of Joseph Smith.
The casting was done magnificently, all the stars suited their roles well, most of them portraying more than one persona throughout the night on stage. The songs were catchy but very tongue-in-cheek, and a lot of the time you weren’t sure if you should laugh or gasp at some of the dialogue; but from the writers of South Park you can’t really expect much else.
Other patrons raved about the production, saying it was well done and praising the story.
“I would definitely go and see it again, I think you would get a lot more out of it the second time” said patron, Mike Stewart, on the night.
Other patrons said it was funny and recanted their favourite parts of the spectacle.
It was a light-hearted take on something that, to many could be quite personal and there’s a lot of reasons why something like this shouldn’t work so well. But it does, and not everyone can write a satirical musical based around religious beliefs that transcends all audiences and brings everyone together.