I’m not ashamed for toe tapping in my seat when the African tribe sang and danced to their version of the song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” while they did a dance that included giving God ‘the bird”! I warn you now that for a religious-themed show, there’s a lot of foul language and it covers some very mature subjects (definitely don’t bring the kiddies).
This North American touring musical The Book Of Mormon opens with some basics about the Mormon religion through historical narration, but soon turns into a quirky show thanks to the directors Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker. It’s a show that’s truly not just about how two Mormon guys who go on a mission of spreading the Word in Africa… After all, this show also proved that if you are a Sci-Fi Trekkie or die hard Star Wars fan, then you too can totally relate and be converted into a Mormon follower too.
This play kept me laughing with its several quips, and it wasn’t hard to become awestruck by the great scene designs of Scott Pask and the fine lighting effects of Brian MacDevitt; or for me to get the shrills down my back from the Devil costume designed by Ann Roth.
But let’s not forget that this is a musical. The sheer brilliance of quality singers like Elder Cunningham(Cody Jamison Strand) or Nabulungi (Candace Quarrels) was heard throughout. But hearing Elder Price (Ryan Boody) sustain a note was magnificent; especially accompanied by the Orchestra, conducted by Alan Bukowiecki. The choreography by Casey Nicholaw was a lot of fun to watch too. There were tap dancing, African dance, and even a hot hip hop number. Just so much entertainment packed into one show!
From the standing ovation, in the end, there’s definitely a special mission of true grit in spreading a slightly different Mormon word that is unquestionably worth seeing.
The Book Of Mormon is being shown August 23 – September 4 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Purchase tickets online today before it is too late.