If you’re not aware of BOM. It’s a musical comedy with music, lyrics, and book by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone (South Park & Frozen). It follows two Latter-day Saints missionaries as they attempt to preach the faith of the Church to the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village.
Simple premise for a musical, I guess. The best way to describe it, is someone took a book of Musicals For Dummies, copied different musical ideas, used the comical genius behind South Park (not forgetting Robert Lopez who’s part of the team that have brought us Frozen & Coco), and you have one of the funny & cleverest musicals of the last decade.
In saying that, this isn’t for everyone. The subject matter itself could be controversial, but I’ve another perspective. It’s not about one religion, it might be named after one, but the tone and material itself is about all religion, and the basis of it – a belief. It doesn’t say one religion is bad, and one is good, it just says your beliefs are yours – there are no wrong or right answers.
Having seen the tour which came to Cardiff in 2021, and in London in 2017, the current cast of the Summer of 2023 are quite possibly my favourite by a long way.
Steven Webb shines as Elder Mckinley – which isn’t a major part but steals the show with his asides and quirks that he’s brought to the role. Ben Tyler and Connor Pierson, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham also remain a huge highlight, and the ensemble was also on point.
Overall – I believe, Book of Mormon, is much better than any golden plates!