A Musical That’ll Keep You Laughing

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Theater Critic Review of “The Book of Mormon”

A Musical That’ll Keep You Laughing

 

Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon” written by South Park creators Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone holds an unexpectedly unique charm.  The musical tackles religion in the most satirical way possible, and it doesn’t fail to keep the audience engaged the entire time.  The play centers on two very young Mormon missionaries who are sent to a small village in Uganda.  Along their journey, they are faced with a vicious warlord and a jaded group of villagers unwilling to believe that any kind of God can help end their problems. Walking into my first viewing of the show, I was filled with some high expectations since it was the recommendation of a friend who spoke of how hilarious it was that brought me to the musical.  Following the show, I can honestly say that I was not dissapointed. As a person who doesn’t always enjoy musicals; each scene being interrupted by a new song every 3-4 minutes seems a bit tedious to me, I can wholeheartedly say “The Book of Mormon” was entertaining even when the cast broke out into a melody.  Most of the tunes, if not all had some trace of humor that made it impossible to be bored even listening to the song.  One of the standout characters of the show was Elder Cunningham, played by Christopher John O’Neill, who possessed a charming and amusing innocence throughout the show that somehow managed to avoid crossing the line into irritating and tiresome. Overall, if you are the type of person who loves eccentric and quirky humor, “The Book of Mormon” is the right musical for you.

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A Musical That’ll Keep You Laughing