About The Book of Mormon
This rowdy Broadway musical satirizes the innocent quest of two young missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for star Nikki M. James. New York Time’s theater critic Ben Brantley called it, "the best musical of this century." Entertainment Weekly described the show as "hilarious and humane, funny and obscene, uncompromising in production standards and unafraid of just about anything."
The Book of Mormon, currently at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in Midtown, focuses on two young missionary school graduates in receipt of their first assignment: Spend two years spreading the good word about Mormonism… in war-torn Uganda. Elder Price, a devout follower of his faith, is an excellent student quite set in his ways. Elder Cunningham, on the other hand, is awkward and clumsy, the very epitome of a nerd trying unsuccessfully to fit in. While Elder Cunningham is thrilled to be paired with such a popular and knowledgeable missionary, Elder Price is devastated to learn that he will be spending the next two years with the overweight and embarrassing Elder Cunningham. Both men are quite surprised to learn that Uganda is not the hospitable and cheerful country they had expected, but a land riddled with violence, poverty and AIDS. Cultures clash, religious ideology is spun on its head and chances are very high that you'll laugh until your sides ache, despite the political incorrectness of it all.
The Book of Mormon was produced and written by top-notch comedy masterminds, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of TV series South Park. Robert Lopez, award-winning composer of Avenue Q, created the equally funny musical score. This powerhouse team uses incisive, shrewd humor to comment on religion, ethnicity and the world at large.
Two hours and 30 minutes (one intermission)
The Book of Mormon will appeal to lovers of ribald musical comedy and off-color, politically incorrect humor. Fans of South Park are a clear target audience demographic. So too are those who enjoy bawdy humor with a somewhat heady subtext found in shows like Avenue Q and Mel Brooks comedies like The Producers and Young Frankenstein.
Good for kids?
The Book of Mormon features a lot of strong language and potentially offensive references. If you wouldn't let your children watch South Park or similarly provocative content, you shouldn’t take them to see The Book of Mormon.
Eugene O'Neill Theatre Location Information:
230 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019
N, Q, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th St (Seventh Ave); C, E to 50th St (Eighth Ave)
About the Eugene O’Neill Theatre
Named for the famed American playwright, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre unveiled its first production in 1925. The O'Neill is a proscenium-style theater with an orchestra and a two-section mezzanine. Wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra, and snacks and beverages including alcoholic drinks are available for purchase. Thanks to their unique “sippy – cup style” for serving beverages, the O'Neill is one of a select few Broadway theaters where you are permitted to bring a drink to your seat.