Book Of Mormon Opens at the Prince Of Wales Theatre
The Musical From the Creators of South Park Lands in the West End Following its Broadway Success
It was a long time coming but Book Of Mormon has finally landed on UK shores with its opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End. The show has been hotly anticipated both because of its Tony Award-winning success on Broadway and because of its creative team – with Trey Parker and Matt Stone of TV’s South Park teaming with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez.
Judging by the reception the show has received following its first run of performances in London (the previews began this month), the creators can expect similar success to its New York run, with BBC News among those dishing out the praise. Their arts editor Will Gompertz said “Strip away all the vulgarities and what you are left with is a traditionally structured, feel-good musical, which is chock-full of catchy show tunes.”
Likewise the response from audiences appears to have been hugely positive, with those with theatre tickets subjected to crude humour, parodies of musicals and, as one might expect from the title, lampooning of religion as well. The story focuses on Mormon missionaries that hope to spread the message of the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints to a region of Northern Uganda. But they hit a problem as the communities deal with other issues like AIDS and war, with Mormonism the least of their concerns.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are best known as the creators of South Park and reports suggest that fans of the show will be right at home with The Book of Mormon, though Ropert Lopez’s input should ensure plenty to enjoy for fans of Avenue Q as well (that production was often described as a cross between Sesame Street and South Park). The duo is also behind movies such as Team America: World Police, Orgazmo and BASEketball, among others.
Though other productions such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are also hotly anticipated this year, it seems that Book Of Mormon has hit its stride already and should receive plenty of attention, particularly after its official opening on Thursday 21st March 2013.