The Book of Mormon: London West End Review

So I finally got around to seeing The Book of Mormon!

It’s funny what having family in town motivates you to do- you go to places you normally wouldn’t and book activities that you find it hard to justify paying for because of the hefty price tag that goes with it. I don’t feel like I have ever taken London for granted, after all I love it with all my heart and it has now become home to me. However, when you get stuck in the 9-5 job routine and live out of the town centre’s way, it is easy to forget just how much London has to offer. I have always love theatre and musicals, but I have only been to four performances since moving to London 6 years ago. I always find it hard to justify spending so much money on one ticket, but then again, I don’t have a problem spending a big chunk of money when I’m eating out in a restaurant.

Anyways, before I go too off tangent, I finally bought tickets to see The Book of Mormon as I have a family member visiting who I knew would really appreciate musicals and especially the sense of humour that the creators of South Park aimed for when developing this masterpiece.

I don’t want to spoil the show for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but the premise revolves around two Mormons who get assigned to go to Uganda and baptise as many village citizens as possible into the Mormon church. As mentioned, this musical comes from the minds of South Park’s creators, so it is only to be expected that the humour is going to be offensive and controversial.

I am not someone who is easily offended, so long as I feel plot lines and punch lines serve a purpose to the story. Even at the most shockingly crude points of the stories development, this far from politically correct musical had me cracking up.

With all the hilarity that ensues throughout the show, and beyond the mockery that is being aimed towards Mormon religion, I feel that the plot really highlights just how disconnected Western society is from underprivileged communities, such as countries in Africa.

As mentioned, I don’t want to spoil the show for anyone, but I highly recommend that everyone watch it!

I also want to recognise that beyond plot line and hilarious moments, the stage production and musical numbers were absolutely brilliant. It always amazes me how West End performances manage to achieve so much in regards to production value on one relatively small stage.

When it comes to the musical numbers, this is what really makes my heart explode with joy. You can tell that each actor on the stage is so passionate about what they are doing, and that is truly evoked in each performance. Even during the raunchiest of songs, you’ll find yourself wanting to sing along.

Book of Mormon review verdict: ***** out of *****

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