THE BOOK OF MORMON Review

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Mark Evans as Elder Price.  (c) Joan Marcus, 2013.

Mark Evans as Elder Price. (c) Joan Marcus, 2013.

THE BOOK OF MORMON presented by Broadway in Cincinnati through Dec. 22

The musical juggernaut that is THE BOOK OF MORMON comes to Cincinnati for a three week mission. As I hoped, this production definitely lives up to its reputation.

When writing a review, I try to choose my words carefully. So when I describe a show as hilarious, it means the show had me laughing out loud throughout its 2+ hours. This show is hilarious.

First National Tour Company. (c) Joan Marcus, 2013.

First National Tour Company. (c) Joan Marcus, 2013.

THE BOOK OF MORMON was written by the creators of South Park. Yes, there is profanity. In fact, there is alot of it. If you are easily offended, I suggest you gift your tickets to a friend. Profanity and sexual innuendo aside, the comedy is smart and very funny with several ongoing gags and well-timed call backs.

First National Tour Company.  (c) Joan Marcus, 2013.

First National Tour Company. (c) Joan Marcus, 2013.

Vocally and visually the show is stunning. The talent level of the entire cast is impressive. Mark Evans as Elder Price and Samantha Marie Ware as Nabulungi do excellent work, but it is Christopher John O’Neill who steals the show as ne’er-do-well Elder Cunningham.

My only complaint was that the orchestra had a tendency of overpowering the lyrics in several of the ensemble numbers.

Mark Evans, Derrick Williams. (c) Joan Marcus, 2013.

Mark Evans, Derrick Williams. (c) Joan Marcus, 2013.

Overall an excellent show that I would love to see again, especially to try to hear some of the lines I missed due to the audiences’ laughter. Creators Parker and Stone blunt, in-your-face comedy is balanced by the heart of the characters and the underlying themes of faith, humility and humanity.

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My rating: 4.95 out of 5

I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below.

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3 responses to “THE BOOK OF MORMON Review

  1. Rob, I couldn’t agree more. It was everything I hoped it would be. I think Dave’s arm is bruised from me hitting it while I was falling out of my seat laughing. On top of that I know I am a better person for having been exposed to “Spooky Mormon Hell.”

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