Book of Mormon Plays Kennedy Center Opera House July 09 to Aug. 18, 2013 – Review

Book of Mormon musical tour is currently playing at Kennedy Center Opera House from July 09 to August 18, 2013.

Where: Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Book of Mormon is ridiculously absurd musical, the upbeat, spectacular of the summer! – reviewed by Amanda Gunther.

With a mere nine Tony Awards under its belt, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book; The Book of Mormon is now appearing live at The Kennedy Center’s Opera House Stage. With award winning music, book, and lyrics from co creators Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone; this irreverent musical sensation is sure to win a place in your heart, converting you to a true believer— a believer that phenomenal theatre is still out there and that the world of Broadway has not yet run out of hilarious original ideas. Directed by Tony Award-Winner Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker with Musical Supervision by Stephen Oremus, this ridiculously absurd musical is the upbeat, spectacular of the summer!

From the humble beginnings of a pristine tabernacle to the crumbling third world flatlands of Uganda, Scenic Designer Scott Pask brings a world of Broadway quality scenery to the show. The African sets have particular attention to detail and are a ruddy derelict hovel, a far cry from the polished first world from which the missionaries came. Creating layers into the set for numbers like “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” and “All American Prophet,” Pask transforms the stage into a fully functional dreamscape for these wildly over the top production numbers.

Choreographer Casey Nicholaw infuses the show with astounding dance routines, all of which contain the flashy razzle dazzle elements of true Broadway choreography. The snazzy tap routine featured in “Turn It Off” is a crisp and clean routine featuring perfect synchronization among the Mormon ensemble with tight kicks and brilliant energy. Nicholaw’s varying styles are well practiced throughout the production, infusing more tribal based movements into numbers like “Hasa Diga Eebowai.” And “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” brings the show’s most involved dance routine complete with hellacious dancing demons in fiery top hats and swinging pitchfork canes. Nicholaw’s choreography is nothing short of sensational in this production and it drives the upbeat tempo of the show.

The show itself is wildly uproarious, writers Parker, Lopez, and Stone leaving no corner untouched with the humorous intent of offending everyone. Ripe with sexual innuendo seamlessly woven into the songs and spoken scenes, the play has the perfect balance of subtly and blatant in your face ‘bad-taste humor.’ It’s a raunchy riotous ride that uses lyrical dissonance to achieve scintillating laughs in numbers like “Sal Tlay Ka Siti,” an African dreaming-style lullaby that sounds so serene until you listen to what the character is actually singing. Punctuated with quirky over-exaggerated stereotypes in every facet of the production it’s no wonder the musical swept the Tony Awards. Beneath it all is a brilliant satire formed around the humors of the three creators, focusing heavily on the Mormon religion and it’s door-to-door approach; a universally relatable element that draws in every audience member that is able to tolerate the unabashed and unapologetic style of humor.

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