The Book of Mormon, the musical launched by the comedic minds of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, hit the stage in Norwich last night (January 26).
The musical, which has enjoyed international success since its premiere in March 2011, follows the story of two Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place far from their home in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the aim of help the countryman join the church.
From there, the trouble begins – with warlords, helpers and cultural differences.
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Anyone familiar with the work of Trey Parker and Matt Stone knows that the comedic pair aren’t afraid to shy away from big topics and tell it how it is – often landing them in hot water.
The Book of Mormon is no different, so if you find offensive language, risque jokes, and strong homosexual overtones all wrapped up in a series of expertly crafted songs and dance routines, then The Book of Mormon is no different. not for you.
But if you do? You’re ready for a hilarious ride that pokes fun at the church and serious issues affecting other nations the church all goes together to a joyful musical score – the Mormons were actually outside after the performance handing out flyers so at least they can see the fun.
If you’ve seen The Book of Mormon in London, the limitations of the Norwich production leave a few jokes without real punch, but Rob Colvin’s performance as Elder Price still nails the timing and brings a strong vocal performance.
Conner Peirson’s performance as the elder Cunningham wasn’t as vocally impressive in the role of the comedy sidekick, but that’s well compensated by the comedic timing and delivery that continually tailored the theater to his commentary. fast.
Patrick George’s portrayal of Elder McKinley brings an air of heightened flamboyance to the role that was able to make the audience laugh without even saying a word and really turns the Turn It Off number on while taking the lead.
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The entire cast pulls this quirky story together into a beautiful vocal chorus that then leaves you in awe when you actually realize what they’re singing.
My guest thought it was a hysterical take on the musical genre that can often feel alienating to those who wouldn’t immediately think of going to the theater.
The Book of Mormon at the Norwich Theater is still as hilarious as the day it launched with musical numbers that are still impactful. The musical is playing at the theater until February 5 with tickets available at norwichtheatre.org
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