It’s a raunchy, provocative over the top parody. It’s offensive to some and hilarious to others, including me. No wonder. The Broadway hit musical The Book of Mormon is by the same people who brought us the irreverent Colorado based cartoon South Park.
No surprise that Trey Parker and Matt Stone would take on this subject. Religion has been a giant target for South Park topics. Their very first animated version based on the South Park characters was called Jesus vs. Frosty. That morphed into a 1995 Christmas video for a Fox executive called Jesus vs. Santa.
If you think the Mormon Church would shun this ultra-deep ribbing, you would be wrong. Instead of condemning the play, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has embraced it and even supports it with THREE full-page ads in the program!
From the first ring of a doorbell to the last curtain call I was riveted with a smile chiseled on my face.
It’s the story of a Mormon missionary assigned to Uganda for his two-year mission. He was hoping for Orlando. Sounds innocent enough. And while the translation of the song Hasa Diga Eebowai will be shockingly sacrilegious to some, Turn It Off conveys a feeling of innocence and naiveté.
My husband Mike and I had seats in a nosebleed box, way above the left side of the stage. Didn’t care. We could still see and hear everything. I was just happy to be in the theater and didn’t feel like I missed anything. Anyone not easily offended should snap up tickets as soon as they go on sale.
And I cheated. Before the show I looked up the lyrics for some of the songs so I knew what was coming and could focus on the performance rather than listening intently to the words.
An earworm of the song I Believe was dancing through our heads after the standing ovation. While I can’t find it in any of the credits, I’m pretty sure that was Trey Parker playing the pre-taped voice Jesus. A fun surprise!