The Book of Mormon at The Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre – Review

The Book of Mormon Musical Tour currently Stops in Minneapolis, MN for 2-week run. Book of Mormon will be performing at the Orpheum Theatre MN through February 17, 2013. The Book of Mormon musical play at Orpheum Theater reviewed by Chris Hewitt – Here is the review:

It’s a terrific show that is almost entirely sold out. On second viewing, what is most impressive about “Mormon” is that, after many years of productions that deconstruct the Broadway musical-comedy or shift it into musical-drama, this is a show that proves a traditional Broadway musical can still be great. Well, “traditional” except for a ton of raw language.

“Mormon” takes little pieces of many musicals — an opening number that could almost be in “Bye Bye Birdie,” a parody of “Hakuna Matata” from “Lion King,” the idea of two crazy kids who might just be in love from every show you’ve ever seen — and rearranges them into a production that reminds you there are few things in entertainment more thrilling than a musical comedy that works.

And does “Mormon” work. It’s not the most ambitious musical or the most trail-blazing, but there isn’t a single joke in it that doesn’t land. The dialogue is funny. The songs are funny. The choreography is funny. The costumes are funny. The sets are funny. The lighting cues are funny. Heck, even the ads placed in the program by the actual Mormon Church are funny.

“Mormon” is the most-laughs-per-minute musical comedy ever written because creators Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez haven’t allowed any dead spots. Even in the middle of moments that tug at our hearts, such as the yearning ballad “Sal Tlay Ka Siti,” “Mormon” keeps the jokes coming.

Virtually everyone who walks through the doors of the Orpheum will find themselves the target of jokes in “Mormon,” but the show never feels mean-spirited. There is a sweetness in Mark Evans’ Price and especially in Christopher John O’Neill’s Cunningham.

Read the complete review {Via TwinCities.com}

Book of Mormon will play through February 17, 2013 at Orpheum Theater MN, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55403. Buy Book of Mormon Minneapolis MN Tickets Online – SAVE $10 when you spend $350 or more, Use code AFF$10.

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