Total Rating: 
***1/2
Previews: 
February 24, 2011
Opened: 
March 24, 2011
Ended: 
open run
Country: 
USA
State: 
New York
City: 
New York
Company/Producers: 
Book of Mormon Broadway LLC
Theater Type: 
Broadway
Theater: 
Eugene O'Neill Theater
Theater Address: 
230 West 49th Street
Website: 
bookofmormonbroadway.com
Running Time: 
2 hrs, 30 min
Genre: 
Musical
Author: 
Book: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone; Score: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone
Director: 
Casey Nicholaw & Trey Parker
Choreographer: 
Casey Nicholaw
Review: 


The Book of Mormon, by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone is a jolly, rollicking mocking, in song and dance, of the missionary obligation of young Mormon men in their white shirts and narrow ties as they go to the corners of the world to win converts. It's a fantastical trip with lots of tap dancing, on Scott Pask's imaginative set, costumed creatively by Ann Roth, that pushes the taste boundaries of stage possibility beyond belief in its use of scatological language and idea.

As the two protagonists, Andrew Rannells (clean-cut, straight arrow) and Josh Gad (chubby, funny, translating the Mormon legend of Joseph Smith into Ugandan myth) interact with a foreign culture, it is brilliant and hilarious. Nikki M. James shines as a Ugandan beauty.

Under Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker's snappy direction, with choreography by Nicholaw, there is an innocence, a sense of playful fun, about the show that transcends its lack of discretion. This is a great contemporary comedy that would have been impossible to mount just a few years ago. It will win many awards. Don't bring the kids.

Cast: 
Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James, Rory O'Malley, Michael Potts.
Critic: 
Richmond Shepard
Date Reviewed: 
April 2011