This is a show I have been wanting to see for a long time, but it was often sold-out. I even tried for the lottery one day, which I was sadly unsuccessful with. I finally saw the show yesterday and I was a bit disappointed. It was a very racist, religiously discriminating and puerile show. I found it to be filth. There were parts that were mildly amusing, however it did not appeal to my sense of humour. It is practically bullying Mormons and Africans. They make fun of the hardships that African's have to go through, which is not something to laugh at. I wasn't a massive fan of the sets either. For those who wish to know what the show is about, it follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. I do think that The Book of Mormon is like marmite as there were some people in theatre laughing their heads off, however I know a lot of people who hate it. I don't think it should've won the Oliver or Tony award for Best Musical and I find it surprising Charlie and the Chocolate Factory lost to this. I don't think I will be going to another Tony winning musical as myself and the Tony committee seem to have very different opinions on what is award worthy. Despite my disliking towards the show, I am glad I went as it was something I really wanted to see. I did like the musical numbers and my favourite songs were 'Hello' and 'Turn It Off'. I thought the choreography was good, as was the acting and singing. Cast members who stood out for me were Nic Rouleau as Elder Kevin Price, Brian Sears as Elder Arnold Cunningham, Alexia Khadime as Nabulungi and Stephen Ashfield as Elder McKinley. Nic and Brian work well together and I thought they were well casted. Alexia had a really lovely voice, as did several members of the ensemble.
The featured star of The Book of Mormon is, drum roll please... ALEXIA KHADIME!
Alexia had a really good voice and was an great actor, so I hope after she is finished with The Book of Mormon she moves on to better stuff.
Now for my final verdict on The Book of Mormon. I give The Book of Mormon.
The acting, singing and choreography have saved the show from being a two-star, but it still isn't a show I would recommend.
Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.
Join me next time when I will be reviewing Harlequinade/All On Her Own.
Thanks for reading!