Review: 'Book of Mormon' a hit in Minneapolis

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2013 - 2:56 PM

REVIEW: The touring version of the sacrilegious musical is as good as the one still running on Broadway.

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momofthree72Feb. 7, 13 3:54 PM

I was at the Book of Morman last night. I will preface this comment by saying that I hold season tickets to the Orpheum and often the Ordway. I LOVE musicals! I was in NYC this fall and tried to see The Book of Mormon as I was told it was "the" show to see! I have to say the show was funny, the actors were wonderful and had great voices. That being said I was completely appalled by the audience! When you make fun of other people or their religions you laugh or chuckle, but usually discreetly. You usually aren't falling out of your chair with gut busting laughter like the majority of the audience was doing over the parts about God, traditional family, and values. It was the parts that they were laughing in this way that was appalling. I work in a male dominated industry. I'm not easily offended. I was completely offended by the audience. The crowd was the typical crowd out advocating for inclusion and acceptance. One that pushes education against bullying. I liken the crowd last night to a bunch of third graders bullying the nerdy kid, and how they would fall over laughing about what they had done. What hypocrites! The humor in this play is the exact same humor used in the You Tube video that Obama and our leaders were appalled by that made fun of Islam and was blamed on the Libya crisis. What a double standard! It is okay to make fun of Mormons, but not Islam. We make fun of all religions, but we don't fall out of our seats laughing about other people nor their religions. I read a comment on another article about this last week where the person stated that the Mormons were not out protesting it, so they must be okay with it. Protesting is not what they do. That is not who they are, and like I said the show is funny and the tunes are catchy. The audience are the ones I was embarrassed for in this scenario. I'm Presbyterian, so not Mormon to clarify.

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barbheinFeb. 7, 13 4:24 PM

Just a point of clarification--Book of Morman opened on Tuesday night, not Wednesday night at the author says in this reveiw. I was there. Fabulous show!

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twspt7Feb. 7, 13 4:45 PM

"It is okay to make fun of Mormons, but not Islam. We make fun of all religions, but we don't fall out of our seats laughing about other people nor their religions" A person's ability to laugh at oneself is considered by some to be a good measure of mental health. Shows like 'Nunsense' and 'The Book of Mormon' take humorous shots at specific aspects of a certain religion. Taking those shots seriously completely misses the point. Being a western Christian myself, I wonder at the apparent inability of Islam to laugh at it's own foibles, but perhaps this is a cultural difference I simply do not understand.

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d434478Feb. 7, 13 5:22 PM

Embarrassed by the audience...what! We were there last night too. If you sit in judgement of the audience...stay home! Everything about South Park is irreverent. They pick on everyone. And not being protested by Mormons b/c it is stupid and that is what makes it funny. It is dumb and no one in their right mind would feel that people are laughing at the Mormons - women - gays - men- God.. anything other than stupid humor. People who want to moralize do NOT belong at Book of Mormon nor watching South Park!

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zekefaxFeb. 7, 13 5:23 PM

Mom, I wouldn't be embarrassed for these people since they obviously are not embarrassed themselves but I don't understand your reference to Obama our leaders and a double standard. They might be just as "embarrassed" over this show as you are but we don't know. If Salt Lake City broke out in uncontrolled rioting over this show, damaging property and killing or injuring people perhaps you would have seen the same condemnation of the show. Since the show about Islam seemed to cause worldwide rioting and this show did not it's a bit of a stretch to say that Obama and leaders have a double standard. This country also has laws providing for the freedom of speech. Unfortunately we often seem to be subjected to speech that we might find quite disgusting but this is our country. Hope your next trip to the theatre doesn't cause you as much embarrassment.

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dkwi73Feb. 7, 13 9:35 PM

Oh mom of three, i am so sad for thee. You are culturally literate- you have season tickets to the Orpheum and sometimes the Ordway. You are comptuter literate as you have a user account on the Startribune and know how to post a comment. Yet you had no idea as to the content you were going to see when you tried to go in NYC and then attended in minneapolis? There are thousands of reviews of the play, the premise, the plot, the irreverence, and you can listen to nearly all of the songs online-on youtube and other sites. Yet you were appalled by the content and the audience reaction? Did you expect people to site quietly in abject horror as to what they were seeing? How do you think this show has been sold out for 2 years straight? Because people walked out in shock? Because they were so dissapointed in the material that they told no one to go see it? You say twice that the show was funny - but you would have us believe that you should decide what parts should be laughed at and which ones should be silently ignored? Give us all a break and get out of your pulpit. Let me guess- you're the good presbyterian that needed to go see it to warn others they shouldn't go. Thanks for taking one for the team. And just how in the world did you discern that the crowd present for that nights theater was out advocating for inclusion and acceptance? I was at a New York performance and all I saw were people just wanting to go out and be entertained - and they were. I bet none of them went home and tried to have congress with a frog.

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wildfoxFeb. 7, 1311:26 PM

MOMOFTHREE ... LIGHTEN UP OR TURN IN YOUR SEASON TICKETS IT WAS A SHOW! IF YOU DIDN'T LAUGH YOU WERE NOT LISTENING! ... THIS WAS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST SHOWS I HAVE EVER SEEN. MY FRIEND SAW THIS SHOW IN NY AND SAID THIS ONE WAS BETTER. BRAVO TO ALL THE GREAT SINGERS/ACTORS !

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techgirlFeb. 8, 13 8:04 AM

We went opening night. Frankly, I was underimpressed. The humor was over the top, it was the production I didn't love. There were some lighting and sound issues. Elder Cunningham's lack of theatrical experience was evident, especially toward the end of the first act when my husband and I both commented on how we had seen high school productions with stronger voices. I do agree that Elder Price was well played as was Nabulungi. Now I've seen it, and don't need to see it again.

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vikevegasFeb. 8, 13 9:09 AM

Its an excellent show! Not sure what the prices are running, but, its worth it. My wife and I attended it in NYC. It's satire folks lighten up. If you think you will be offended, don't attend.

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roadtoruinFeb. 8, 1311:57 AM

I can hardly wait for the opening of a similarly themed comedy-musical, "The Quran"!!! Somehow I get the feeling I may be waiting a long, long time.

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