The Book of Mormon San Francisco CA – Review

The Book of Mormon comedy musical is currently performing at Curran Theatre through the holiday season December 30, 2012. Robert Hurwitt reviewed the musical at SFGate.com. Here is the review:

“The Book of Mormon” made true believers out of the audience Wednesday when the national touring company of the Broadway blockbuster opened its SHN run at the Curran Theatre.

“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone collaborated on the book, score and lyrics with “Avenue Q” co-writer Robert Lopez. The “Book of Mormon” lyrics drive the comedy more than their score, a serviceable melange of pop styles at the intersection of Sesame and 42nd streets. An Up With People ensemble enthusiasm sells almost every number in tandem with the buoyant, athletic choreography of Casey Nicholaw, who co-directed with Parker.

As performed by a dynamic cast – about the same size as that on Broadway (though music director Cian McCarthy’s sharp orchestra is considerably smaller) – the tale of squeaky-clean Mormon missionaries in an AIDS-, warlord- and clitoridectomy-ravaged Ugandan village is a winning mix of outrageous satire and goodhearted sentiment poured into old forms.

Tall, thin, all-American Gavin Creel and short, pudgy, unkempt Jared Gertner are a perfectly matched odd couple as the newly graduated missionaries sent to join the Latter-day Saints’ mission in Uganda. Creel’s Elder Price is the fervent, self-anointed future leader – charmingly egocentric on “You and Me (But Mostly Me)” – who can’t believe he’s being sent to Africa instead of Orlando, and with this schlub as a partner, no less.

Parker, Lopez and Stone haven’t broken any fresh ground or created a work that points in new directions for the American musical. But they derive plenty of glorious entertainment from rehashing old forms.

Read the complete review {Via SFGate.com}

Book of Mormon will be in San Francisco CA through December 30, 2012. Book of Mormon Curran Theatre Tickets are available Online at best prices – Save $10 when you spend $350+, Use code AFF$10.

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