If you can put aside your politically correct tendencies for a few hours, then there is a hilarious, catchy and strangely uplifting evening to be spent at ‘The Book of Mormon’.
I have been hoping to see The Book of Mormon since it first opened in the West End, but unfortunately so has everyone else, so I didn’t manage to get tickets until recently (three years later!)
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot, as a huge part of this experience is shock factor (and you probably would have gone to Wiki for a synopsis anyway); but the story follows two Mormons on their conversion mission to Uganda. As advance warning, if you think this premise may cause you offense, assume it will.
In general, if you consider yourself easily offended, BoM isn’t for you; but as a musical written by the creators of ‘South Park’ and ‘Avenue Q’, you probably knew that already.
If you are up for a bit of irreverent humour, I would personally advise doing a bit of research on The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints before you go. Many of the jokes that had me laughing out loud hinged on my knowledge of their history and values. That being said, if you don’t want to give them the satisfaction/page hits, or if you just can’t be bothered, there’s plenty of more general religious/racial/blue comedy in there too.
The real stand-out moments were the songs – but I think everything’s better in song. Again though, shock factor is key, so if possible I’d advise against listening in advance. Then again, when is it not funny to hear someone singing about scrotal worms?