Book Of Mormon officially opened in Adelaide this weekend.
From the moment the Musical commenced it was high energy, fun brilliance. I cold not wipe the smile from my face and broke in laughter too many times to count, I may have wee’d my pants a little. F#cking AMAZING, go see it!
That could be the wrap up the review. But that would be lazy. And this show deserves waaaay much more. So…
This production comes across effortless. It’s not. It’s clear from the beginning these artists are professionals. An outstanding show that deserves the accolades it has received. Never before have I ever ‘not heard’ any of the songs but been completely swept away in every moment. It’s very well written and delivered with fine execution.
From the beginning ‘Hello!’ IT HAD ME.
It rolled on from there. The live band was so much on point it hurt. Bravo, experts in their field.
The story is…
“The Book of Mormon follows two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to preach the Mormon religion to the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village. The earnest young men are challenged by the lack of interest from the locals, who are distracted by more pressing issues such as AIDS, famine and oppression from the village warlords.”
It then played freely with beliefs, culture and ideals with VERY perky song (OMGosh did they just sing that?)
Offensive, in parts, or all the way through? Possibly. But something is always going to offend someone. Life.
OK that’s as soap boxy as this reviews gets.
The cast was f#cking incredible and stellar in talent. Let’s speak about them…
Blake Bowden as Elders Price is stellar and fun. Nyk Bielak as the hapless Elder Cunningham is comical genius. Tyson Jennette & Tigist Strode are sensational and endearing as father and daughter. The list goes on, Joel Granger, Mike McGowan, Augustin Aziz Tchantcho… it’s goes on. The cast are each brilliant, funny, well trained big voiced singers AND dancers. The actors are VERY animated and you could see the expression surely from the back row. Timing is everything in this show, and they owned it, each and everyone of them.
The numbers are now on my personal spotify list and have played since relentlessly – The afore-mentioned ‘Hello’, ‘Man Up’, ‘Baptize Me’, ‘Spooky Mormon Hell Dream’ and many more BUT a total favorite was ‘Turn It Off’ (a nod to turning off your gay switch), complete with a dazzle dazzle tap number in pink sequin vests. EVERYTHING!
The Jesus flashback are camp fun. The costumes great and the sets clever and visually large.
This all song and dance spectacular Musical Theatre experience has won 9 Tony Awards meaning it is something pretty bloody awesome. AND it is. Very.
Favorite line: ‘I Can’t Believe Jesus Called Me A Dick!’
Playing until August 18 2019 at the Adelaide Festival Centre
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