Cries of “Jesus!” could be heard in the crowd at the opening of The Book of Mormon at Melbourne’s Princess theatre on Saturday night – but not the way the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would have liked.
Stretching genre boundaries and balancing intelligent commentary with damn catchy tunes, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s celebrated musical had the packed theatre cackling with delight.
The Book of Mormon is a coming-of-age story of two young, extremely likeable Mormons on their mission to spread the Lord’s word. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham (terrific international leads Ryan Bondy and AJ Holmes respectively) are polar opposites on the same journey. Elder Price is a Ken doll cutout, a Bible devotee and Mormon star in the making. When he’s reluctantly paired with Elder Cunningham, a bumbling optimistic dork and compulsive liar, Elder Price is miserable. He prayed he’d be sent to Orlando but God has let him down. Instead, his call to serve is sending him to Africa.
Along with co-creator Robert Lopez, Parker and Stone have produced a work of comedic genius that exceeds critical hype and hyperbole: The Book of Mormon is an exceptional, visionary and all-round entertaining musical masterpiece, genital jokes and all.
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