Since making its debut in 2011, The Book of Mormon has been one of the most talked about and successful musicals. From the creators of South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone), the show hits on many subjects including- you guessed it – religion. The show focuses much more on just religion though, hitting us where it hurts – right in the feels. Without spoiling anything, the show follows a pair of two VERY unlikely friends who get sent to pretty much Guam (by their definition) to follow out their mission through the church for the next two years. But when Elder Price, the creme de la creme of the Mormons, thinks his mission will be a cake walk he gets hit with the reality that not all people live in glass houses with rainbow skies. Elder Price and his unlikely mission partner Elder Cunningham end up in a community that needs the most help and who might just be the most unwilling of bunches (at first) to listen to what the two gentleman have to say. After all, starting off any conversation with “have you heard the good word?” is a sure way to get a few doors slammed in your face.
The Mormon pair meet the rest of their mission buddies, who have some hilarious secrets of their own, learning that these group of religious misfits have exhausted all options when trying to convert the towns folk into Mormons. And so ensues the hilarious journey Elder Cunningham and Elder Price face in trying to convert and protect the town of Uganda.
Regardless of your religious beliefs or lack thereof, this is a show to see with an open mind, a light heart, and a mindset that you’re going to laugh your butt off. The comedic timing, actors, and musical numbers are absolutely superb and have yet to be outdone by any show on Broadway. Sure, there are a few jokes at the expense of Mormons and a few musical numbers telling God to screw off but the way it’s delivered will have you on the edge of yours seat clapping for more. If there’s one thing you do this holiday season, gift yourself the gift that makes you keep on laughing: tickets to Book of Mormon.