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.
New York Daily News
The show is blissfully original, irreverent, outspoken and hilarious. And all that's tucked inside a good old-fashioned musical. It's a show where you catch yourself laughing one minute, mouth agape the next, eventually wiping away tears, and, finally, cheering. Silly, soulful and (no surprise) seriously rude, the score is consistently chipper and clever and keeps the pages in this "Book" turning smoothly. Parker co-directs with Nicholaw, who delivers his best work to date. Except for a couple brief slack patches, the meticulously built production just flows.
New York Magazine
"Mormon" is an often uproarious, spiritually up-tempo satire not just of Mormonism, and not just religion in general, but of (no kidding) Occidental civilization itself, in all its well-intentioned, self-mythologizing, autoerotically entitled glory. What's so uniquely winning about "Mormon" is its scruffy humanism, its eagerness to redeem its characters - even its smaller ones. None of the [characters] is much deeper than a South Park cutout. Nor need they be. For Parker and Stone, all concepts, characters, and even beliefs can be comfortably reduced to two dimensions, and that's more than enough to get the job done.
New York Post
"The Book of Mormon" is a fiendishly well-crafted, hilariously smart - or maybe smartly hilarious - song-and-dance extravaganza. The show's a hoot. The show's a hit. With collaborator Robert Lopez, [Stone and Parker] delivered a full-blooded tuner that rejuvenates musicals while displaying a genuine love for the form. Co-directors Parker and Casey Nicholaw keep up an unrelenting pace for 2½ hours. Each time you think they can't possibly top a particularly crazed moment, 10 more follow. By the time "The Book of Mormon" ends in an orgy of over-the-top cheer, you just can't wait to get on that ride all over again.
New York Times
This collaboration between the creators of television's "South Park" and the composer of "Avenue Q" is blasphemous, scurrilous and more foul-mouthed than David Mamet on a blue streak. But trust me when I tell you that its heart is as pure as that of a Rodgers and Hammerstein show. As sung and danced, the production numbers have the pep and shimmer of yesteryear's showstoppers. These numbers are witty, ridiculous, impeccably executed, genuinely stirring and - contrary to expectation - free of snark or satirical malice.
Rarely has a show come along as consummately crafted as "The Book of Mormon." Adhering to all the Broadway conventions, [the] creators deliver a work that is brilliantly original, hysterically funny and tunefully irresistible. The plot, which is dense with twists and turns unfolds with great clarity and is splendidly paced. The extended songs are not only melodic, they cleverly advance the narrative which by show's end completes a perfect and highly satisfying arc. All the while, the show achieves the near impossible. While it ingeniously spoofs the hypocrisy within the Mormon scriptures, it manages to leave you with a renewed sense of spiritual faith. It is meticulously cast and everyone shines.
The most surprising thing about "Mormon" may be its inherent sweetness. The [creators] avoid the self-congratulatory snark common to their generation of comedy writers in general and musical-comedy writers in particular. Neither the Mormons nor the Ugandans are mocked for their belief systems; they're parodied for their mutual human fallibility. For all its cute, knowing moments, there is an exuberance in the show's spirit - particularly in its score, which combines musical-theater, rock and world-music textures with above-average dexterity - that makes it feel both fresh and unabashedly traditional. This buoyancy is enhanced by a game young cast, under Parker and Nicholaw's sprightly direction.
This raucously funny new show...Every song enhances the hilarity, expert staging heightens every gag, and the cast of fresh faces is blissfully good. The result is a show that never quite quits, particularly in its nonstop fusillade of obscenities. For all its sacrilegious jabs, the show is earnestly about the power of faith. "The Book of Mormon" [is] an original Broadway production that approaches musical comedy rapture.
[The show is] like a big Disney musical - full of ballads and relationships and yearnings to fit in - but on piles of crystal, with wickedly satirical numbers that are so deftly executed you leave humming. The show doesn't always sustain the same level of ingenuity - Act One loses momentum after the first few showstoppers - but by time the Ugandan natives put on a revue in Act Two, you're at the altar of high wit. Or low wit. But definitely wit.