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The Book Of Mormon

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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And The Gospel According To South Park
Theatre, humour, musical, Sydney


The Lyric Theatre is the location for the Sydney run of The Book Of Mormon (BOM). This original concept from the writers of South Park is playing to full houses in London, Broadway and Australia.

Theatre, musical, comedy, Sydney, drama, music, dancing
Come to the temple (image JW)


The Book Of Mormon is very funny and irreverent but definitely not for those that are overly religious or easily offended. It has won nine Tony awards for best musical and has spent a year playing to a packed Princess Theatre in Melbourne. The satirical show pokes fun at serious subjects such as poverty, homophobia, racism, aids and genital mutilatation.

The 'fish out of water' story follows the adventures and escapades of two young naive Mormons on their first mission. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham are an odd couple who are sent to the wilds of Uganda rather than Elder Price's dream mission of Orlando. Elder Cunningham is an 'in your face' socially awkward bumbling compulsive liar who is the Jerry Lewis sidekick to Elder Price's suave and self assured Dean Martin style character.

Drama, musical, comedy, fun, music, dance
Uganda meets America (Facebook image)


The music is catchy and reminiscent of old fashioned show tunes. There are references to The Lion King and pop culture icons such as Yoda and Darth Vader, the dancing is well executed and has some very clever 'daggy' bits. The largely male cast are very talented, have great voices, dance well and are good comedic actors. See the following clip to get a feel for the music and humour of BOM.



Much of the show's humour is cringeworthy and you find yourself laughing at things that would be tragic if they were true. It is definitely not for young children, there is a lot of strong language and a fair bit of vulgarity. Having said that the show was immensely enjoyable and I had many favourite parts such as Hasa Diga Eebowai, Spooky Mormon Hell Dream or Elder Cunningham referring to his love interest Nabulungi as Nutella, necrophilia, Nivea and neutrogena.

After a performance lasting two and half hours the foyer of the Lyric Theatre was full of happy energy and laughing smiling faces surely the sign of a great show!
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Why? See an original musical that is very funny
When: Sundays 1pm & 6:30pm, Tuesdays 7pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8pm and Saturdays 2pm & 8pm
Phone: 1300723038 Ticketmaster, (02) 9509 3600 Lyric Theatre
Where: Lyric Theatre Sydney
Cost: From $50.80 to $258 plus booking fees
Your Comment
Janelle, thanks - I'll watch out for it in Brisbane.
by May Cross (score: 3|3548) 269 days ago
This is an unusual musical but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Irreverent and funny is so right. I am going to see it again. Thanks for your review Janelle, cheers Marie
by Marie - MPG Narratives (score: 2|734) 266 days ago
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