Book of Mormon Musical Boston Review – Hit musical still aims to offend

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Published on: February 17, 2024

Book of Mormon Musical on tour is currently performing at Boston Opera House through February 18, 2024. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon launched a new North American tour in September 2022, playing more than 50 cities since then.

Since opening on March 24, 2011, The Book of Mormon has become one of the most successful shows in Broadway history, breaking the Eugene O’Neill Theatre house record more than 50 times. In addition to nine Tony Awards including Best Musical and the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, The Book of Mormon won five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical and four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical.

Several years ago, as the theater industry reexamined its practices and assumptions as part of a wider “racial reckoning,” Black members of the cast in “The Book of Mormon” told the creative team that changes needed to be made.

A musical about young white Mormon missionaries attempting to convert the residents of a village in Uganda that is being menaced by a warlord, “The Book of Mormon” has been a monster hit since it premiered in 2011. It recently became the 12th-longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing “Jersey Boys.”

But it has been dogged by criticism of the show’s treatment of race. After similar concerns were voiced by the cast, the “Mormon” script was revised so that the profile of the main Black character, Nabulungi — superbly played by the luminous Keke Nesbitt at Citizens Opera House — is enlarged.

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Book of Mormon Musical plays at Boston Opera House in Boston MA through February 18, 2024 and then moves to the Procter and Gamble Hall at Aronoff Center in Cincinnati Ohio from February 20 to February 25, 2024.

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