The Book of Mormon Wickedly Funny
The Lyric Theatre in Sydney is scheduled to host the highly rated and equally hyped, “Book of Mormon”. So ‘brace’ yourselves for a wickedly entertaining show characterized by the occasional profanity, outright comedy, moving narratives, serrated satires, and the familiar Broadway songs.
For the few that are not familiar with ‘Mormon,’ it’s a hilarious narrative about two missionaries from Utah who are assigned to Uganda, contrary to Elder Price’s wish for Orlando. As if being sent to a village half-way across the world was not enough, Price, who is a model representative of his religion, is paired with Elder Cunningham, an awkward nerd who is a social and religious misfit.
In Uganda, these two fresh-faced boys from Salt Lake City find out that their previous troubles are only the tip of the iceberg. They have to content with bunking with other unsuccessful missionaries, a vile and typical warlord (picture a trigger-happy villain), and a village consumed by AIDS and female genital mutilation.
“Mormon” is the creative work of the guys behind South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker with additional literary talent from Robert Lopez (Frozen, Avenue Q). Their storyline is brought to the stage by co-directors Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, who put up a memorable choreography complimented by the characteristic Broadway tunes and dance. The gloomy and unfortunate scenario in Uganda is diluted with memorable melodies and incredibly amusing lyrics, which are arguably in tandem with the like of Lion King and Wicked.
A.J. Holmes (Elder Cummingham), assumes the comic role in a sensational manner facilitated by his natural charm, and oddly enticing voice. Besides, this is a role he is familiar with from his previous performances in West End and Broadway. Our ‘golden boy,’ Elder Price is portrayed by Ryan Bondy, whose demeanor aligns perfectly Price’s narcissistic and arrogant nature. Other standout cast members include Rowan Witt as the sexually conflicted Elder Mckinley and Zahra Newman, who nails her role as Nabulangim (village elder’s daughter).
There is just something undeniably sweet about “Mormon.” It nudges us to observe aspects of humanity, laugh at ourselves, and even give hope to the doubting Thomases in the room. This is a show that will find and thoroughly tickle your funny bone. So if you are an open person in search of a philosophical, emotional, funny, and equally offensive show, you should be marking your calendars to view “The Book of Mormon” at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.