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The Book of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre

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by Josie Harris (subscribe)
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Written by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries who leave Salt Lake City to go to a small village in Africa (which they soon discover is nothing like the Lion King). "I think that movie took a lot of artistic license," one Mormon exclaims upon arrival.

They run into difficulties facing the harsh reality of African life within moments of arriving. Indeed, the first door they go to knock on has no door bell like those they practised on in the training centre. When answered and Elder Cunningham chirpily asks: "Do you ever feel like something is missing in your life?" In response the resident only needs to gesture wordlessly to the rubbish lean-to behind her that she calls home.

Elder's Price and Cunningham run into trouble within moments of arriving

From the opening number and first "Hello!" which introduces you to the Mormon's as they pop up on stage, ringing on door bells, the audience was laughing.

The music is catchy and the lyrics as funny as the clever satirical script that Parker and Stone have delivered. It is no surprise that, despite playing manically cheerful Mormon's, the cast give enthusiastic performances when working with a script like that.

Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner as the leads, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham gave brilliant performances and the chemistry between the two makes them a fantastic comedic duo, which only kept the audiences laughter coming.

The standout scene was perhaps the moment when the African villagers performed the version of The Book of Mormon they had learnt from Elder Cunningham. Which included Hobbits, Darth Vader, Star Trek and Yoda (of course).

Elder Cunningham's version of Mormon history is a little different

Although it is offensive in places, there is a deeper message than you first may think and with its incredible songs and script I think it is safe to say that the entire audience left the show with smiles on their faces.

The sought after tickets for this critically acclaimed musical start at 49.50. However, you will have a good view from most of the seats in the Prince of Wales Theatre. Alternatively, a ticket lottery is run two hours before each show begins, offering a limited number of front row seats for 20 to those who win.
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Why? This clever musical is extremely funny
When: See website for full details
Where: Prince of Wales Theatre
Cost: Prices vary
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