Running since February 2011 From the creators of "South Park," a bawdy, irreverent, hilarious, and heartfelt musical about two missionaries sent to deepest, darkest Africa to spread the good word. Winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Those who have seen "South Park" probably won't need any warnings, but....the producers have issued a parental advisory due to explicit language. In our opinion, they need to add adult themes and sexually-explicit humor to their advisory, and clearly state that the show is not suitable for pre-teens.
2011 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Nikki M. James), Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Orchestrations.
2011 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Orchestrations.
2011 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding New Score, Outstanding Director Of A Musical, Outstanding Actor In A Musical (Josh Gad).
2011 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award: Best Musical.
Silly? Yes. Smart? Yes, actually. If there's such a thing as an intelligent sophomoric musical that the whole family can enjoy then writers Lopez, Parker and Stone have successfully stalked it and put it in a headlock. "The Book of Mormon" is inventive and slick and subversive. It is funnier and smarter than "Monty Python's Spamalot," managing to offend, provoke laughter, trigger eye-rolling, satirize conventions and warm hearts, all at the same time. What they've done is faithfully maintain the structure and rhythm of a classic musical even while filling it with utter zaniness.
"The Book of Mormon" is a gleefully funny spoof, a blend of the clever and the crass that seldom goes more than 10 seconds without a big laugh. And it's not just about the jokes. They're embedded in a satisfying story, supported by witty, character-relevant songs. The show is admirably acted by a cast that understands that effective comedy starts with sincerity. "Mormon" is that rare creature that isn't based on a book or a play or a movie – it came totally out of its creators' heads. And what they thought up is one of the most purely enjoyable musicals in years.