by Louise, Community Manager
Yesterday, I finally saw The Book of Mormon. I bought my ticket right after the Tony awards and I still had to get one three months away in order to get a decent seat at the regular box office price. I know I’m stating the obvious here, but this show is insanely popular. Now that I’ve seen the show personally, I want to address the most common questions we get from people who are considering booking our Hottest Ticket in Town: The Book of Mormon & The Ace Hotel package.
What is the show actually about?
The Book of Mormon is the story of two young Mormons, Elder Pryce and Elder Cunningham, who have just finished their missionary training. Elder Pryce is the pride of the mission, while Elder Cunningham is sort of a mess. They are paired up for their two year mission and sent to Uganda to convert the native people to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Elder Pryce is apprehensive about the assignment but determined to do something incredible. The two are totally unprepared for the reality of Uganda and the results are, shall we say, unexpected.
Is the music good?
The music is fantastic! There are so many different styles of song used in this show, every one is catchy and memorable in its own way. The lyrics are clever and there are tons of references to other shows and music. The Lion King, of course, takes a serious beating, but there are also references to Chicago and Annie and I’m sure many others I missed. That’s not to say the music isn’t original – it is! And as a Broadway lover, I am so happy anytime a musical has new music that the audience wants to sing along with. Favorites for me were Spooky Mormon Hell Dream, I Believe, and All-American Prophet. There is also a fantastic tap dancing number in the first act called Turn it Off. I’m a sucker for tap dancing, and I was surprised and delighted to see it done so well in this show.
Is the show offensive?
YES. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are not known for their subtlety. I cannot overstate this: this show has explicit language. Every curse word you have ever heard of is in this show, multiple times. Nothing is sacred in this show – there are jokes about religion (obviously), poverty, rape, AIDS, female circumcision and pretty much anything else you would not normally think to joke about.
But even if you might think there is no way such jokes could be funny, they mostly are. And I should specify that I actually hate profanity for the sake of profanity and I dislike manufactured shock value, but I didn’t think this show was guilty of that. The jokes were genuinely funny and they come from a very real place. Actually, I was raised in a non-religious household and I found that I learned quite a bit about the Mormon religion!
If you are truly bothered by the idea of jokes on these topics, and LOTS of cursing, don’t see the show. There are plenty of other fantastic options that don’t address the same sensitive issues.
Is this really THE show to see on Broadway?
This is a tough question for me. I thought the show was excellent and I’d love to see it again, but is it the ONLY show you should bother with on Broadway now? Absolutely not. Here’s the thing: this show is going to be around for years. Guaranteed. It’s already sold out through most of next year! You have time to see it. In fact, e-mail us and plan ahead now for your trip next year and see it for much less than you’d pay to see it last minute!
In the meantime, if you are coming to NYC this fall and you have the budget to see Book of Mormon, absolutely – see it! Or if you’re planning a trip to NYC in spring, summer or fall of 2012, book now and SEE IT when you come! Opportunities to be part of a Broadway phenomenon don’t come along every day. However, if it isn’t in your budget don’t despair. There are so many other wonderful things on Broadway. Godspell is opening soon and is going to be a fantastic production, Follies is closing January 23rd so this fall/winter is your one and only chance to see it, Daniel Radcliffe is leaving How to Succeed in Business at the end of the year and who knows when we’ll see him on Broadway again, Addams Family is another fun, irreverent musical and it closes at the end of December as well.
What’s the best way to get tickets to the Book of Mormon?
By booking a package with New York Guest, of course! Our standard package includes a room at the Ace hotel, but our specialty is working within different budgets, so give us a shout, let us know your budget, and we’ll work some New York Guest magic. Check out our Hottest Ticket in Town package here, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or to get a customized quote.