The Book of Mormon, The Musical in Theater – 2021-2022 Performance Schedule
Let’s get this out of the way… The Book of Mormon is not actually about being a Mormon. The musical is a satirical examination of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a production as vulgar and inappropriate as it is hilarious and innovative. Truthfully, what else could you expect when it’s written by the same duo who created South Park? The Book of Mormon is edgy in all the right ways and redefines what it means to be a Broadway musical, and the show recently made its return to the Great White Way!
The Book of Mormon returned to New York City’s Eugene O’Neill Theater in September 2021, the venue that has been its home for a decade. Many of us are seeking a few laughs after the stress of the pandemic, and this musical by Trey Parker and Matt Stone certainly delivers.
The musical follows two young missionaries as they embark on a two-year trip to Uganda to preach their faith and convert the locals to the Mormon church. Elder Price is a handsome, popular, and arrogant 19-year old who won’t stop singing about the amazing things he’s doing to do – if only for the prestige. Elder Cunningham is a socially awkward nerd who’s just happy to be along for the ride. T
The trip doesn’t go quite like either of them planned. The Uganda locals are less concerned with learning about religion and more worried about all the poverty and violence, AIDS, famine, and oppression they face daily. The two missionaries follow their faith as they guide their way through a new country and way of life.
While The Book of Mormon is famous for multiple Tony Awards and catchy songs, it’s also controversial. The show pokes fun at every religion, ethnic group, and pop culture trend you can imagine – all in the name of satire.
Do you think that it’s an exaggeration? The Uganda villagers repeat the phrase “Hasa Diga Eebowai” (also your new favorite song) on the daily, which translates to “F*** you God.” It doesn’t hold back on swear words, raunchy one-liners, and vulgar dialogue. The kids who grew up on South Park and Family Guy may be used to this type of humor, but don’t be surprised if the older couple next to you squirm in their seats a bit.
However, the catchy tunes and captivating humor far outweigh the vulgarity. You’ll love tracks like “Hello!,” “Man Up,” “I Believe,” and “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream,” all of which have been sung by the biggest names in Broadway over the past ten years. Grab your friends and get ready to laugh, cry, and sing with one of Broadway’s most modern and magical shows!