'The Book of Mormon' Julieta Cervantes


The Book of Mormon

Every Tue., Wed., and Thu. from Nov. 6-15
7:30 p.m.
Every Fri. and Sat. from Nov. 9-17
8 p.m.
Every Sat. from Nov. 10-17
2 p.m.
Every Sun. from Nov. 11-18
1 p.m. and 6:25 p.m.

The Book of Mormon, written by South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, with the satiric creativity of Avenue Q co-composer Robert Lopez, conveys no abject meanness. It follows the farcical odyssey of two naive Mormon missionaries who hope to convert a village of Ugandans. Zealous to spread the word (and blinded by spiritual ethnocentrism), the two soon find their heavenly pitch countered by such real-life horrors as famine, disease, and a tyrannical warlord. Though absurdly misguided, the Mormon missionaries are depicted as genuinely benevolent, a distinction that allows the musical to simultaneously cheer and lampoon their efforts. This approach is perhaps best emphasized by the collection of irresistibly tuneful songs that stand among the more memorable Broadway compositions of the last decade. This touring production has set out to proselytize for the eternal spirit of compassion, humanity, and show-stopping musical numbers.