The Book of Mormon San Diego
Poignant yet hysterical, "The Book of Mormon" is a unique musical that even the traditionally
theater-averse can enjoy. Performing to sold-out audiences across the nation, the satirical story of two proselytizing Mormon
missionaries in over their heads in a Ugandan village is unexpectedly heartwarming, without any heavy moralizing or, conversely,
derisive tendencies. In turns obscene and sophisticated, comical and academic, "The Book of Mormon" proves that religion can
be helpful after all, once you relieve it of literalism.
The story begins with two young men who are
preparing for work as missionaries. Though both boys, Kevin Price and Arnold Cunningham, are hoping for a station in Florida,
they end up ordered to Uganda instead. Rather than discovering a welcoming group of indigenous villagers when they arrive,
they're met with a terrorizing warlord with a uniquely obscene name who's bent on circumcising all the females due to his
fear of their genitals' power. Other disheartening discoveries include general disinterest, elevated expectations from leaders
back home and blaspheming natives. Each missionary struggles, one by lying his way through the Book of Mormon to enrapture
his audience and the other by abandoning his mission entirely, if only at first.
"The Book of Mormon"
was an instant success when it premiered in August 2012 and is enjoying its second national tour as of October 2013. The musical
will arrive in San Diego at the San Diego Civic Theatre, located on Third Avenue and B Street in downtown, from the end of
May until the first week of June on Tuesdays through Sundays. Avid theatergoers and novices who purchase The Book of Mormon
San Diego tickets will enjoy this raucous musical from any one of almost 3,000 seats, all with excellent views of the stage.
"The Book of Mormon" creators Matt Stone, Trey Parker and Robert Lopez included a plug for the upcoming
debut of their newest cultural project in their famous series "South Park" in the episode "Broadway Bro Down." The pre-adolescent
characters promised oral satisfaction for the viewers who bought tickets to the show.
San Diegans can
look forward to watching some extremely talented performers when the show arrives in town. The cast includes: Nic Rouleau,
who plays Elder Price, Ben Platt, who plays Elder Cunningham, Syesha Mercado, playing the chief's daughter Nabulungi, Matt
Loehr as Elder McKinley, Michael Potts as Chief Mafala Hatimbi, Lewis Cleale, who has several roles, including Missionary
Training Center Voice, Price's dad, Joseph Smith and Mission President, and Brian Tyree Henry as the bloodthirsty General.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker met in college at the University of Colorado at Boulder where they
first discovered their mutual fascination with Mormons. Trey Parker had extensive experience in acting in community theater
and playing the piano, which helped the duo create songs for "South Park," as well as their first movie "South Park: Bigger,
Longer and Uncut" and their second feature film, "Team America: World Police."
Stone and Parker
stuck close to home for their producers, who include Anne Garefino, who works with them on "South Park;" Scott Rudin, famous
for his work on "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Social Network." Other producer's include Roger
Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ltd., Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Kevin Morris,
Jon B. Platt and executive producer Stuart Thompson.