For nearly nine years, The Book of Mormon has been dazzling audiences with humor, heart and a dash of heresy. With a book and lyrics by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, the comedy-musical has pushed the boundaries of Broadway to become the fourteenth-longest running show in Broadway history. Featuring songs like "Two by Two," "Hasa Diga Eebowai," and "Baptize Me," the score is one that is sure to be in your headlong after you’ve left the theater. The show follows two young Mormon men as they embark on the traditional mission trip. The boys are assigned to visit Uganda, where they meet the locals and attempt to help them with their troubles, including an AIDS epidemic and a violent military general, while also teaching them the history of the Mormon church and faith. The boys join a group of Mormon missionaries already stationed in Uganda and learn about how to deal with crises in faith and other obstacles they will meet on their journey. Along the way, the boys learn what it means to believe in a higher power, and how to use their faith — or lack thereof — to help those in need.
The Book of Mormon opened in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York in March 2011. In 2012, the show won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. While the show’s roots may be in religion, its run has not been without its share of controversy. Members of the Mormon church have taken offense to the depiction of their faith and customs, while others have criticized the show’s portrayal of African people. The show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have built their careers on offending people from all walks of life, and The Book of Mormon ticket sales have certainly not suffered due to its reputation. Despite this controversy, The Book of Mormon has developed a devoted following made up of people from all racial and religious demographics in the years since it opened. The Book of Mormon has eight weekly performances on six days, including matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Book of Mormon is a theatrical experience unlike any other. With a dazzling set and unforgettable numbers, audiences find themselves singing along long after the show ends. The show jokes about subjects and situations that are often taboo, and this show is not for the faint of heart or those with delicate sensibilities. Be prepared to laugh, cry and say, "That is so wrong!"
How long a The Book of Mormon performance?
The Book of Mormon has a running time of two hours and 35 minutes, which includes one 10-minute intermission.
Where does The Book of Mormon perform?
The musical is staged in the beautiful and historic Eugene O’Neill Theatre on W. 49th Street in New York City.
Who is in the cast of The Book of Mormon?
After such a long run, The Book of Mormon has had many cast changes since it opened. The current cast includes Dave Thomas Brown as Elder Price, Cody Jamison Strand as Elder Cunningham, and Kim Exum as Nabulungi.
Is The Book of Mormon suitable for children?
Because of the sensitive and adult nature of the jokes, situations and themes of the show, The Book of Mormon may not be suitable for unaccompanied minors or anyone under the age of 16.Back to Top