The Book of Mormon
By Monikha Reyes12th Grade, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, comes the innovative and hilariously outspoken musical, The Book of Mormon. If you know the cartoon, then you know how crude the humor can be. Now, imagine that onstage, add several Mormons, Ugandans and Jesus, and you’ve just created The Book of Mormon. New missionaries Elder Price and Elder Cunningham are waiting to learn where they will be sent on their missions to spread the word of the Mormon religion. Elder Price is really hoping for Orlando, but instead he and his partner are sent to…Uganda. Uganda! Their new village is unlike any place they have ever experienced. The two missionaries receive an extreme reality check as soon as they arrive when their bags are stolen. In order to survive, they must try to blend in with the locals and escape from dangerous situations, all the while trying to convert their new neighbors to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
The songs are catchy and the dancing is hilarious. The actors have strong comedic timing and stayed in character even when the audience roared with laughter. I wouldn’t recommend The Book of Mormon if you are easily offended or don’t like the humor of South Park. However, if I had a chance to watch it again, I would in a heartbeat. TICKETS: $32 lottery rush • O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St. website