One thing I don’t do enough of is go to the theatre. Considering I used to work in one (and that I do have a soft spot for the stage), I really should see more shows. But the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed how much these tickets cost – a big reason why I don’t see productions more often.
I feel like if you’re going to see a musical show in this country, it’s got to be at the West End. What we didn’t realise, when Liam got to choose a show to see after getting a voucher for Christmas from his Mum, was that we had picked the most expensive show currently being performed on the West End. Oops!
For anyone who doesn’t know, The Book Of Mormon is an American musical that was co-written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, aka the guys behind South Park. We are both fans of SP, and went in with expectations that this was going to be pretty darn funny. We really weren’t disappointed.
I don’t want to give away any of the plot points, because for us it was so enjoyable knowing as little as possible about the show. But what I will say is that it is incredibly funny and massively un-PC. Despite there being a real mix of ages in the audience, everyone was laughing along to some pretty controversial jokes.
On top of a great story and fantastic songs, The Book of Mormon is staged so, so well. The sets move around constantly, keeping you on your toes and also allowing for some really quick and smooth scene transitions. The production value was really good without being over the top.
But what really blew me away was the talent. The cast is a mix of American and British performers, and they all absolutely killed it. My favourites had to be Elder Price (KJ Hippensteel) and Elder McKinley (Stephen Ashfield) – although Elder Cunningham (Brian Sears) was also amazing – he really reminded me of Rick Moranis.
If you haven’t seen The Book Of Mormon, I definitely recommend trying to grab some tickets before the show leaves the West End at the end of April. Go go go!
If you’ve seen it already, I’d love to know your thoughts! What were your favourite songs? I’m torn between Turn It Off and Spooky Mormon Hell Dream…both of which I can’t seem to get out of my head…