Even if we change some things
Or we break the rules
Or we have complete doubt that God exists
We can still all work together to make this our paradise planet.
This pretty much sums up my fundamental spiritual belief. It's quite unexpected to find such profundity in a big old-fashioned Broadway musical that contains the foulest language I've ever heard coming from the stage. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) brilliantly walk that line between hilarious vulgarity and a beautifully sweet heart, and have created that truly rare piece of entertainment that lives up to all of the hype surrounding it. The Book of Mormon is perhaps the most joyful musical I've ever seen, full of the joy of life, friendship, and community.
|Elders Price and Cunningham have a Lion King moment|
|the young Mormons excited to go on their missions|
The Book of Mormon is an example of everything musical theater can and should be. Using this traditional American art form in a new and interesting way, telling stories, sharing joy, poking fun at established institutions (not just the Mormon religion, but religion in general), singing clever and musically entertaining songs, and just plain old entertaining the audience. It even includes a few nods to classic musicals - several references to The Lion King, and a line that's similar to a song from The Sound of Music (although one written for the movie, not the stage version). If you want to experience this new classic of musical theater, check out the Hennepin Theatre Trust's website for information on ticket availability and the daily lottery (all shows in the two-week run have been virtually sold out for months). Unless you have no heart (or can't get past the language), you will leave the theater feeling a lot lighter and happier than when you entered it.
Ma ha nei bu, Eebowai.