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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: “The Book of Mormon” Is a Wickedly Clever and Humorous Broadway-Style Musical

Jul 14, 2017
by Jan Miller
Irreverent, profane, perhaps what some might call obscene, yet very humorous. That’s “The Book of Mormon,” the Tony Award-winning musical presented by Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, currently playing a limited engagement through July 23, 2017 at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts (255 S. Almaden Blvd. San Jose).

“The Book of Mormon” follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, the narcissistic Elder Price (superbly played by Gabe Gibbs), is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, however, would rather be in Orlando, Florida than Uganda. On the other hand, his partner, Elder Cunningham, an absolute audience favorite (convincingly played by Conner Peterson), is a socially awkward but well meaning nerd whose tendency to fabricate the truth lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that their mission to convert the natives in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, may not be as easy as expected.

Composed by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, “The Book of Mormon” is a combination of an old-style musical with a modern sensibility and features several impressive Broadway-style song-and-dance numbers. A key component to its success is its ability to playfully poke fun at religion, sexuality, poverty and race.

Overall, I would say that “The Book of Mormon” is a wickedly clever satire about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” its unusual origins and its culture of missionary work. It plays fast and loose with explicit language.

“The Book of Mormon” is funny, it's fun, the entire cast is great, the sets and music are excellent and, most of all, it sets the tone for an after-show discussion.

Single tickets are currently available online at www.ticketmaster.com, in-person at the City National Civic Box Office (150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose), or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787). Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 408- 792-4131.

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Photo caption: The Book of Mormon Company


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