The Book of Mormon Performance at Winspear Opera House – Review

The Book of Mormon musical on National tour is currently performing at Winspear Opera House through September 1, 2013.

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The Book of Mormon musical is a comic sensibility – Reviewed via artsblog.dallasnews.com.

The national tour of the winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards now at the Lexus Broadway Series was virtually sold out as soon as tickets went on sale. Fans of the creators, South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, know what to expect – a comic sensibility that holds nothing sacred with a serious streak buried deep within.

The Book of Mormon follows a pair of young missionaries sent out from theirSalt Lake City training center. Elder Price (Mark Evans) is a hotshot from whom great things are expected. He’s appalled by both his partner, Elder Cunningham (Christopher John O’Neill), and his destination,Uganda. Cunningham is a needy ne’er-do-well who tells lies when he’s under pressure, and Price was really hoping to be sent toOrlando. His religion is, well, Disney-fied.

Africa is a rude shock. The people in the village are deeply angry at the very idea of God because they suffer from hunger, AIDS, parasites in unmentionable places and a cruel warlord who wants to sexually disfigure all the women. The missionaries already in place, led by a fellow who brags about ignoring his homosexual impulses, haven’t baptized a single convert.

The Book of Mormon surpasses another of its lucrative models, The Producers, in that it doesn’t depend on its original stars for laughs. The Tony nominees who played Price and Cunningham have long since departed to star in extremely funny, if short-lived, sitcoms. Their touring counterparts have made the show their own. Evans adds a bit of macho edge to his self-involvement. You’d think that O’Neill was retaining bits of characterization from a former run as the nerdy genius in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, but in fact this is the young comic’s theatrical debut.

Read the complete review {Via The Dallas Morning News Inc}

The Book of Mormon musical Tour will be in Dallas TX through September 1, 2013. Buy Book of Mormon Winspear Opera House Tickets Online.

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