This musical made international headlines when it debuted in March of 2011 on Broadway in New York City. Opinions ranged from those who hated it and called it sacrilegious to those who went back to multiple shows because they loved it so much. Personally, I loved the musical and here are the top five reasons why you should go see it as soon as possible.
Number 1: It was written by the creators of South Park
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are most famous for their brilliant show South Park, a show that follows a group of four boys who live in the fictional town of South Park. A lot of the show is based off of Parker and Stone’s own experience growing up in Colorado.
I’ve been watching this show for years and always enjoyed the satirical humor and was always on the edge of my seat waiting to see what creative way they were going to use to kill off Kenny, a character who dies every episode. The show has been in hot water in the past over its heavy use of satire and dark comedy but fans of the show are as loyal as ever.
Number 2: The Music was written by Robert Lopez
Also known for writing the score for the hit movie Frozen, Robert Lopez is one of only twelve people to have ever won an Emmy, Tony, Oscar, and a Grammy. Even more impressive than that is the fact that he won all of them in the same decade, an achievement no one else has ever matched.
I found the music to be upbeat and fun. The lyrics are hilarious as well and make the entire musical enjoyable to listen to.
Number 3: It won virtually every award available
The year that it premiered, The Book of Mormon, commonly referred to simply as mormon the musical, won almost every award that musicals are qualified to win. It won nine Tony Awards, the highest award given for musicals, including Best Original Score, Best Direction, and Best Musical.
I normally don’t watch plays or movies just because they win a lot of awards but it’s hard not to notice that this musical cleaned house at the awards ceremonies. The nine Tony’s alone should be enough to convince you to go but it also won several Drama Desk Awards as well.
Number 4: It will make you think
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are masters at depicting difficult material in funny and disarming ways. That being said, it’s impossible to watch this show without thinking a little bit about the nature of God and organized religions.
While I was sitting there watching it, especially the parts in Africa, I found myself thinking a lot about the purpose and usefulness of religion in the modern world. It might not have that effect on you but it certainly did for me.
Number 5: It’s Hilarious!
There isn’t much to say about this point except that I was laughing from the time the show started until I fell asleep later that night. While I understand that this sort of humor isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I still consider it a “must-watch” if you are a fan of musicals or comedy in general.