Popejoy Welcomes Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon”

“The Book of Mormon” is undoubtedly one of the most significant musical today. The New York Times has even gone as far as to describe the Broadway show as “The Best Musical of this century.” And for a third time – third time’s the charm – residents of New Mexico had the exciting opportunity to witness the musical in their backyard at the Popejoy Hall 203 Cornell Dr, Albuquerque. The show ran from February 4 to February 9, much to the delight of theatergoers.

A Fresh and Timeless Approach to Storytelling

Even as it approaches a decade since its debut, “The Book of Mormon” is a show that continues to deliver rib-cracking jokes and an inspirational story. For 2.5 hours, viewers are treated to a witty storyline, elaborate dance numbers, catchy songs, and a humorous approach to sensitive topics such as poverty, religion, and racism.

Unsurprisingly, “The Book of Mormon” lays claim to an impressive nine Tony Awards – including the coveted Best Musical Award. Its worthy success has won over the heart of audiences and critics alike. According to Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show, “The Book of Mormon” is “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” Similarly, Entertainment Weekly’s verdict is, “Grade A: The Funniest musical of all time.” And The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.”

The musical follows the adventures of Elder Cunningham and Elder Price, who are Mormon missionaries. The pair are sent to the East African country of Uganda – whereby their world is turned upside down by the level of disease and poverty in the region. Although the resident elders at the mission haven’t been successful in attracting followers to their religion, the dynamic duo seeks to change that narrative.

Scenes at Popejoy Hall

“The Book of Mormon” has garnered praise internationally – and the scenes weren’t any different at the Popejoy Hall. The New Mexico audience heaped overwhelming praise on the Broadway musical – with some audience members expressing their delight.

Unlike other traveling shows that simplify their sets while on the road, “The Book of Mormon’s” production chose to set up the same props and sets used on Broadway. However, it’s worth noting that Popejoy Hall is over twice the size of the Eugene O’Neill Theater in New York – where The Book of Mormon is housed permanently. As you can expect, this caused a few on-stage issues – especially regarding the quality of sound. Nonetheless, the award-winning Broadway musical characteristically left the audience in stitches.

According to Monee Korbas, “I laughed really hard. I liked the way it ended; it has a good message.” Amy Anderson went further to claim that, “The show had high energy — the actors did really great.” Another theatergoer – Mikey Junchaya – said, “I liked the ‘screw you God’ scene…That was definitely my favorite. I was laughing until I was in tears.” This was in reference to anti-religious themes and the song “Hasa Diga Eebowai,” which translates to “screw you God.”

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