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.
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.
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!