Saw Book of Mormon
last night at the Pantages. Winner!
Those unfamiliar with the Mormon Church will see a very entertaining musical- songs you can hum (but probably shouldn't), great singing and acting, lots of humor. Those familiar with the Mormon Church will probably just die. Like the Weasels and Hyenas from Roger Rabbit.
For those familiar with the mockery and even-handed ridicule on South Park, BoM is just as skillfully devised. I even think many Mormons would find it amusing because it's so perky and enthusiastic. It's a kind of blasphemous Hope and Crosby buddy piece. I might go to see it again-- I think if I squinch my eyes a bit, I can totally see it as a long episode of South Park.
"I Believe" is a show-stopper (and I can't wait to hear it on Muzak) and "Hasa Diga Eebowai" is just...perfect. Especially these days.
Possibly the most surreal part of the show was in the Playbill:
The Mormon Church put 3 full page
ads in the Playbill. Three. My favorite is "You've seen the play...now read the Book". Weird. The only negative to this is with so many extra ads, Playbill bumped the song list from the program. But hey-- I'm happy Playbill got extra ad-revenue. Good organization (check out PlaybillVault.com for an amazing archive!)