The Book of Mormon first arrived in London’s West End in early 2013, after being a huge success in New York’s Broadway.The show has had mixed reviews over the years in the West End, but is still highly popular. When I went to see the show in July 2015, there wasn’t a spare seat in the audience (from what I could see anyway). The show is controversial to say the least and is very rude in places (a lot of places).
A Little About The Book of Mormon
The story of the show follows 2 mission companions (Elder Price and Elder Cunningham) to Africa where they experience a place they didn’t even know existed (it’s not even a good place – poor them, Elder Cunningham was right, it’s not like Lion King), but this does allow the characters to find out who they are and learn about their beliefs.
My Thoughts on the Show
From the title of the show, you could assume that the show is a religious show and serious, but that is the complete polar opposite. Considering the show has strong language throughout and is very close to the line, the balance of the upbeat music and catchy lyrics that you’ll be singing for months after really makes this show amazing. The acting, visual effects, music, comedy and set is fantastic and to such a high quality which all contribute to a great theatre production. The writers for the show are none other than the creators and writers of South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone), so if you love South Park you’ll be sure to love The Book of Mormon. It was also written alongside Robert Lopez who is well known for his work on musical Avenue Q and composing songs for Disney’s Frozen.
My favourite songs and performances from the show are ‘Spooky Mormon Hell Dream’ and ‘Joseph Smith American Moses’. These two songs have a massive performance piece attached to them and ‘Spooky Mormon Hell Dream’ is a proper full-cast spectacle. I wasn’t expecting it, and it was truly amazing!
I was a little worried going in to see The Book of Mormon as I can’t say I have ever been a fan of South Park (the voices annoy me), but I can honestly say that I am a Book of Mormon fan now. The show is like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Actually, it could even be a love/hate relationship you have with it.
The show was very funny and the way the actors portrayed the characters was amazing. You could tell they all loved their job and loved playing their characters. I know that the show has changed cast this year and some of the old cast were with the show since the beginning in the West End, but I have read some reviews online and also heard good things about the new cast and would love to see their portrayal of the characters I grew to love throughout the show.
After watching the roller-coaster of a show, I can say I know what the Mormon religion is about now, but I can also say that I don’t think it is exactly how the show portrays; which is a good thing.
If you are open minded about the show and prepared to be laughing all the way through, be sure to go see The Book of Mormon. I know I want to go see it again (and other people I know do too and have seen it more than once).
Other Information & Review
Review Score – 5/5
Location – Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, London W1D 6AS
Date Seen – Tuesday 28th July 2015 (Evening Performance)
Top Tips – Best seats we found was row A of the Circle, but be aware as you have to walk down to the front row from the back of the theatre (Row L) and stairs can be quite steep. The theatre is in a great location and right by Piccadilly Tube Station.