The Book of Mormon
Welcome to The Book of Mormon London. This hit musical has finally transferred to London’s West End after a hit Broadway run along with an LA production and US National Tour. This musical is one of the most eagerly anticipated new shows in decades, and excitement has been building since early 2012. Since opening at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre in March 2011, The Book of Mormon musical has taken the modern musical theatre world by storm. Conceived by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone whilst working on the successful TV series ‘South Park’, the show came from modest beginnings to be one of the most popular Broadway shows of the past decade. The trio’s interest in Mormonism and Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church stemmed from their working together throughout College and through the creation of ‘South Park’. After collaborating together on ‘Cannibal: The Musical’, they grew in confidence, and The Book of Mormon was born. After a number of extended workshops and previews the show opened 24 March 2011.
The show is an edgy and sometimes outrageous satire musical which takes shots at everything from organised religion to consumerism, the state of the economy and the musical theatre genre itself. Robert Lopez is no stranger to controversial musicals, after co-writing the score and lyrics for the 2003 puppet musical Avenue Q which shocked many audience members and general public at the time. Just like Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon went on to win the Tony Award for Best New Musical and still continues to be the hottest ticket in town. Tickets are hard to come by for the show, with Broadway performances sold out until well into the New Year.
The show tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries who are sent to a small town in Uganda to bring news of the Latter Day Saints. They are shocked at the cultural differences, as a War Lord threatens the local villages and controls the area by fear. Both missionaries attempt to share the scriptures with the local people, although only one of them knows it well enough. Famine, poverty and AIDS threaten the town, and the duo must battle their own beliefs in order to succeed and make a change.
The hit musical opened in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre, which is owned by Cameron Mackintosh’s Delfont Mackintosh Company. Preview performances began on Monday February 25 2013, with an official press night on Thursday March 21. Tickets for the production have been selling extremely well, and the excitement surrounding the show continues to build.