Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 13th 2011
No trip to New York City is complete without taking in a Broadway show. It is as much a part of the New York City as visiting the Statue of Liberty or any other landmark or eating at one of the 5-star restaurants.
You may have a hard time choosing which one of the Broadway musicals to see. In an effort to make it a little easier, a brief description of some (but not all of them) is included below.
This is the musical that is actually based on the Book of Mormon. The only problem is it's the Book of Mormon as interpreted by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of "South Park". Need we say more?
Well, if we must, then it is simply to say that you may be surprised to learn that the Mormon Church isn't really all that upset about it. Their official statement is: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."http://bookofmormonbroadway.com/
If the title makes you think this is a spoof of "Tarzan of the Jungle" or "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle", then you're wrong. It is actually a musical about three friends who are traveling in a beat-up old bus looking for love and friendship. They find a whole lot more of everything, including those two emotions, than they bargained for.
If you are not familiar with who the "Scottsboro Boys" were, they were nine African-American men (teenagers, actually) who were accused of raping two white women in a boxcar in the area of Scottsboro, AL. The resulting arrests, trials, and convictions still resonate as one of the greatest examples of how racial bias can affect the outcome of a trial.
The trials of the boys were bounced from lower courts in the State of Alabama to the Alabama Supreme Court and back to lower courts again before guilty convictions were handed down on all the accused. Eventually, four of the nine had the charges dropped against them; the remainder was sentenced to long prison sentences, and one was sentenced to death. Escapes, re-arrests, deaths in prison, and—for one—a pardon would be the outcome of these convictions.
The Broadway musical brings this historical event to life to life through music, song, and dance. You won't be the same when you've watched this production based on something that really happened.