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USA Today: Mormons may have last laugh at 'Book of Mormon' musical

February 22, 2011
source: USA Today

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South Park meets the Mormons in a new Broadway musical that's now in previews. Will this be a night of unholy humor at the expense of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? Or might the faithful get the last laugh?

One could imagine the creative team behind the potty-mouth cartoon characters, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, ruthlessly sending up the earnest image of the upright Mormon culture and the church rising back up with righteous indignation.

But Parker and Stone tell our theater critic Elysa Gardner, their version of The Book of Mormon is really meant to be a " pro-faith musical" story of

    ... a pair of teenage Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda, where they confront war, famine and AIDS, to say nothing of culture clash.

To which the Church's official response is:

    The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.

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Comments 8 comments

nona said...

10:11 AM
on Feb 24, 2011

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They say there is no such thing as BAD publicity. So if it peaks the interest to others outside of our faith, then maybe they will investigate and ask questions of those who know the correct answers and be led to the truth. If I wanted to know the doctrines of another church, I would go to someone of that faith and hope they would be able to help me understand their beliefs!

katamb said...

10:55 AM
on Feb 24, 2011

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I just don't see the "normal" Broadway patron attending this one unless they get free tickets. Wonder how long it will last ...

artvandalay said...

02:28 PM
on May 19, 2011

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The show is up for 14 Tony nominations, so I think it will be around for awhile. I don't think this is the kind of publicity we want. The play openly mocks our beliefs. They played some of the songs on NPR, and let's just say it wasn't very friendly.

lady_arndt said...

10:45 AM
on Jun 01, 2011

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"pro-faith musical"!? From the creators of South Park? psht! They must think I was born yesterday!

rooinek said...

02:53 PM
on Jun 13, 2011

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Can you imagine the riots and killings around the world if this musical were about the Muslims and called "The Koran"!!! The LDS church has been mocked before and survived far worse and continues to thrive regardless. The Book of Mormon musical is nothing more than a flea bite in the annuls of history - just irritating for a short season but of no real substance.

lilbing said...

10:26 AM
on Aug 03, 2011

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I agree with nona. If anything, people will be curious to learn more. I for one believe that our church is not just a "religion", it is a way of life. And there are people searching for a better way to live..

dlov said...

05:01 AM
on Nov 10, 2011

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Don't criticize something you have not seen There are some rough spots But itI is about to 19 year old boys trying to complete their mission and the ups and downs of their mission. it's a little extreme because it is africa everyone is watching packed house every night and people are asking questions about our faith

pianoman said...

12:14 PM
on Nov 30, 2012

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Remember folks, playing with fire can and often does get you burned. Watching a broadway production of this type does not constitute "wholesome entertainment" We have been advised not to inscribe to this type of entertainment by our mothers, fathers and church leaders. As much as these things can lead people toward the church and gospel through curiosity, they can also lead others away from church and away from the gospel i.e. one of the cast members is an ex Mormon. The same applies to the music, video games and DVD's we watch. My wife and I have over 300 television stations and find that only a small handful are fit to view. There are only two paths in life, the right one and the wrong one. Watch the Lion King or Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, these are wholesome broadway productions!!!
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