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The Book of Mormon Tampa Review – Book of Mormon Creates Some Musical Magic

The Book of Mormon national tour is in Tampa, FL through November 24, 2013 and currently performing at Carol Morsani Hall – The Straz Center (1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, Florida 33602).

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Book of Mormon creates some musical magic – Reviewed by Jay Handelman via arts.heraldtribune.com.

All it takes is a door chime and a brightly sung “Hello,” to win over the audience in the national tour of “The Book of Mormon.”

That’s the opening number performed by a group of young and overeager Mormon missionaries at work in this charming and slightly subversive musical at the Straz Center.

Considering it comes from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and “Avenue Q” co-creator Robert Lopez, you might expect it to be more offensive than it is. Some of the jokes are more shocking than funny in the “I can’t believe they said that” mode.

That’s true during the ebullient “Hasa Diga Eebowai,” sung by some Ugandan villagers to the two newest missionaries, Elders Price and Cunningham, who have come to convert them. Most of the villagers are dealing with AIDS and poverty and are controlled by a wicked warlord who wants to circumcise all the women (see, it’s not your typical musical comedy fare).

The song, performed with the spirit of “Hakuna Matata,” is the villagers’ way of trying to wipe away the tragedy in their lives. It sounds fun, though the actual translation is far darker and can’t be published here.

The cast is strong throughout, from Samantha Marie Ware as the young and innocent Nabulungi and Stanley Wayne Mathis as her concerned father, Mafala, to Grey Henson as the leader of the Ugandan missionaries.

The show is staged on a fun, funny and colorful set by Scott Pask that offers a dark yet Disney-fied version of the world, nicely fitted with Ann Roth’s costumes and Brian MacDevitt’s lighting.

But there’s so much joy that you can’t help but feeling uplifted by the final bows.

Read the complete review {Via Herald Tribune}

The Book of Mormon musical Tour will be in Tampa FL through November 24, 2013. Buy Book of Mormon Carol Morsani Hall Tickets Online.

Book of Mormon Tampa FL Tour – November 12 to 24, 2013

The Straz Center announced that Book of Mormon musical show would be part of its 2013-2014 season. Book of Mormon, the multi-awarded Broadway musical, will be in Tampa Florida for two-weeks at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts’ Carol Morsani Hall from November 12 to 24, 2013.

Book of Mormon Carol Morsani Hall Schedule:
Tuesday to Thursday – 7:30 PM
Fridays – 8 PM
Saturdays – 2 PM and 8 PM
Sundays – 1:30 PM and 7 PM

The Book of Mormon featuring book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, the religious satire that won all those Tonys including Best Musical in 2011 has been lauded as one of the funniest Broadway shows of all time. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark, envelope-pushing animated series “South Park” while Lopez is cocreator of the long-running hit musical comedy “Avenue Q.” The New York Times says, “It’s the best musical of this century.” The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls it “A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry.”

Click here for Book of Mormon Carol Morsani Hall ticket options – for premium seating and sold out tickets. Book of Mormon tour will be in Tampa FL through November 24, 2013. From here the musical touring company moves to Fort Lauderdale, FL to play at Au-Rene Theater – Broward Ctr For The Perf Arts during the holiday season November 26 to December 22, 2013.

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