In a place labeled as one of the drunkest cities in America, where ‘$2 You Call It’ liquor flows free, it was nice to see everyone come out in their Sunday best this past Wednesday for The Book of Mormon musical at the Plaza Theater.
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Book of Mormon, performed at the Plaza Theater from Nov. 10-15.
The Plaza Theater's décor and architecture was the most impressive I have seen in the city, making it the perfect location for the award-winning musical.
The Book of Mormon follows the mandatory mission of two 18 year-old elders, Elder Price (played by Billy Harrigan Tighe) and Elder Cunningham (played by A.J. Holmes).
The Mormon elders sang about how they hoped for France, Japan, or Orlando, Florida, the “greatest place on earth.”
Despite Elder Price's prayers, he is sent to Uganda, Africa with the socially awkward, pathological liar, Elder Cunningham.
The Mormon duo's seemingly impossible mission was to persuade the Ugandans to join the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
“There's war! Poverty! Famine!” shouted Mafala Hatimbi (played by Stanley Wayne Mathis) to the duo, in the hilariously blasphemous song “Hasa Diga Eebowai,” the South Park version of Disney's popular hit from the Lion King “Hakuna Matata,”
The set changes were mind-blowing and transported the audience from Utah to Africa seamlessly, in a matter of seconds.
Despite its brevity, going to hell for the song “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” was a visual feast in particular because of the scene’s complexity.
The entire cast performed incredible, hitting high and low notes in their songs, while simultaneously dancing around in complicatedly choreographed routines.
They never missed a single note or step.
Elder Cunningham had the crowd roaring with laughter during his solo song “Making Things Up Again,” featuring hobbits and Yoda, to name a few familiar characters.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, famous for being the creators of South Park, produced the Book of Mormon musical.
With that said, audiences can expect the same raunchy jokes with underlying deep and sophisticated thought.
After seeing the Book of Mormon, it is hard to see how churches can place such a great importance on mission trips with the primary intention of converting people who are dying from war, aids, and starvation.
If you missed this theatrical masterpiece, don't panic; the entire musical album is available on Spotify and clips from the live musical are found on YouTube.
I would highly recommend this musical to anyone who has a sense of humor about religious practices.