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The Book Of Mormon Cast and Creative
Josh Gad plays Elder Cunningham, Andrew Rannells performs as Elder Price, Nikki James is cast as Nabulungi, Rory O'Malley plays Elder McKinley, Mafala Hatimbi is played by Michael Potts and Lewis Cleale plays primarily as Price's father, but also performs in other parts. Numerous other cast members are included in the Swing and the Ensemble.
The creative team of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of television's cartoon satire South Park, collaborated with Robert Lopez on the book, music, and lyrics of the show. Trey Parker also co-directs with Casey Nicholaw; Casey also choreographed the show. Steven Oremus is Musical Director, Vocal Arranger and Co-orchestrator. The orchestration is also the responsibility of Larry Hochman. The Music Coordinator is Michael Keller.
Book of Mormon Reviews
C. Caggiano reviewer for Everything Musical found the "Book of Mormon" to be outstanding. Following is an excerpt from his review: "Is 'The Book of Mormon' better than 'Spamalot'? No contest. 'Spamalot' had its share of belly laughs, but it was rather lacking in the music and lyric departments.
"Is 'The Book of Mormon' better than 'The Producers'? I genuinely think so. 'The Producers' was fun, but somehow I got the feeling that other people were enjoying it a lot more than I was."
The Salt Lake City Weekly News had this to say: "What’s surprising about 'The Book of Mormon' isn’t that parts of the musical push Broadway to new levels of obscenity, blasphemy, and outrageousness. With those responsible for South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) and 'Avenue Q' (Robert Lopez) combining to write this musical, that type of humor was to be expected. What’s truly astonishing is that the other half of this musical is so cute, it could have been written by Mormons, for Mormons. Several songs would fit in perfectly with popular Mormon musicals from the 1970s like Saturday’s Warrior and My Turn on Earth. The mocking humor of the Mormon cultural stereotypes isn’t much different from what can be found in the post-Singles Ward comedies of Mormon filmmakers. Even the historical dioramas wouldn’t initially look out-of-place at a LDS Church heritage site—well, at least until the characters start talking."
United Kingdom theater critic Hadley Freeman, writing a review for the London Guardian posted: "'The Book of Mormon' is funny, it's fun, the sets and music are excellent and, most of all, it's smart as hell. 'Spider-Man,' weep and learn." Freeman also notes: "Only heavy prayer will get you tickets—that or celebrity status: the night I went Sandra Bullock was sitting in front of me...."
The Book of Mormon is a humorous and spiritual musical produced by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the animators of South Park. For the play, the creators collaborated with musician Robert Lopez, who was a co-composer and co-lyricist for Avenue Q. The musical is a satire on both the traditional dynamics of musical theatre as well as organized religion. It centers specifically on the fascination that the creators had with both musicals and Mormonism. The story behind the musical is of two missionaries, who are Mormon and their specific dealings when they travel to a village in the northern part of Uganda.
There they encounter a warlord who is threatening the population. The missionaries attempt to share the religion that is Mormonism, but the encounter several issues in their education of the locals in the remote village due to the individuals being concerned more so about other issues such as famine, poverty, and war. The Book Of Mormon opened in the year, 2011 during March. Since that time, the Book of Mormon is noted to have received a notable response from critics and it has received several awards including a Tony for Best Musical as well as a Grammy Award for the Best Musical Theatre Album. With the release of the Broadway recording happening in the month of May the same year, it was well received and became known as the highest charting recording in more than 40 years. It was able to obtain a number three spot on the Billboard Charts.
The Book Of Mormon Initial Beginnings & Production
The initial conceptualization for The Book of Mormon came as a result of Trey Parker and Matt Stone growing up in the state of Colorado and their familiarity with the Mormon Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2003 during the summer, both Matt Stone and Trey Parker would travel to the state of New York, New York City specifically to discuss a film script for their movie, Team America: World Police. Their meeting was with Scott Rudin, who was a well-known producer. Rudin informed the two individuals to frequent a viewing of Avenue Q, which was a musical on Broadway at the time. Rudin indicated that they would see that the characters in their script were very similar to those in the musical, Avenue Q.
The Creative process of The Book of Mormon
After viewing the musical, the creators of South Park, the Avenue Q creators saw them in viewing the musical and they struck up a conversation. The creators of Avenue Q were Robert Lopez, as well as Jeff Marx. Lopez told both Parker and Stone that the musical idea for his musical, Avenue Q, had been heavily influenced by one of the South Park movies. By the year, 2006, the South Park creators would fly to London, England and spend time working with Robert Lopez after having discussed much of the similarities with him in the year, 2003. At that particular meeting, the individuals would write several songs and also derived a logline for the musical. Jeff Marx felt that he was not a part of what the creators of South Park as well as Lopez were creating and would subsequently depart from the creation of what is now known as The Book of Mormon.
After that incident, the trio continued working on the musical. Lopez saw the project as a stage production and the South Park equally approved that the stage was just the right venue for such a production. Lopez pushed the South Park creators to embark on taking the project further than it had gone by embarking on a journey known as workshops.
These workshops were of a developmental nature. Scott Rudin would end up being named the musical's producer even though Rudin had thought about creating a stage production off-Broadway in the year, 2010, but instead decided to show it as a Broadway feature. The musical would first be seen at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in March 2011. Previews had taken place a month prior. The musical would be choreographed at the request of the creators via Casey Nicholaw. Nicholaw also co-directed it. The set of the musical was created through the vision of Scott Pask, while the costumes resulted from the mind of Ann Roth. Sound emanated from Brian Ronan and the lighting was maneuvered properly at the result of Brian MacDevitt.
The tactic the production utilized to sell tickets was one that is likened to that of both airlines and hotels. It is known as an innovative pricing strategy. This allowed the creators to be able to charge amounts as high as $477. The $477 would be for best seats and were also in extreme demand, thus indicating that the strategy worked successfully. Throughout the course of its first year opening, the musical was noted as being one of the best and most profitable Broadway musicals to achieve a feat of 22 weekly sales records for the theatre.
The Book Of Mormon Themes, Songs & Reactions
There are several themes within The Book of Mormon. Audience viewers have stated that doubt and faith seem to be the ones that are at the forefront among the religious aspect of the musical. While there is a satirical element within the musical, it is important to note that the creators exhibit the Mormon Church as both optimistic and well-meaning. There are elements of unworldliness in them, however. It appears as if the true dynamic of the musical is that religion can make a difference if it is looked at in a metaphorical way rather than taken literally. One of the creators, Stone, stated that the musical is none other than a religious love letter from an atheist's perspective. The Book of Mormon musical has continued since its inception to receive criticism, both of a positive and negative nature. The majority of the criticism that is given is the choreography in the musical as well as the plot and musical score.
One magazine, Vogue, noted that the show was most offensive as well as one of the funniest musicals that one may ever see. The New York Post indicated many viewers of the musical would be very sore as a result of laughing hard. This particular newspaper called the score for the musical tuneful as well as funny and reported that the show was heartfelt making the intricacies of organized religion fun. The New York Times compared the musical to The King and I by Rodgers and Hammerstein as well as Sound of Music with its somewhat dark aspects and bright and radiant melodies.
The Sucess of The Book Of Mormon
The critic, Ben Brantley, additionally stated that the music achieves a miracle in that it embraces the music with fun inspiration and ardent motivation, and that no other had maintained such success since The Producers, which had been on the Broadway stage 10 years prior.
The Mormon Church has been very measured in their response to the musical stating that while entertain may have been the central focus, but that it felt that the actual scriptural book was what it should have been in order to bring individuals closer to the spiritual world. The head of Public Affairs at Mormon Church stated that the musical was a parody and that the musical was a pure distortion of the reality behind the musical, but that is what made it such a hysterical and engaging musical.
The creators of the musical saw the response from the Mormon Church as a positive one given the satirical nature of it. As a result of this, the Mormon Church took out advertising of several venues where the musical would be playing in order to invite individuals to change their lives through the scriptural volume. The church felt that the musical was encouragement, but that the book was a better option for them. There were a plethora of criticisms from Mormons in general. A Mormon studies professor, Richard Bushman, stated that it was a funhouse mirror project and that Mormons must be able to laugh at themselves from time to time. Bushman also stated that several of the motifs did not have any kind of Mormon roots whatsoever.
There are several musical numbers in the musical. Act I has 10 songs including "Hello,"Two by Two," "You and Me (But Mostly Me),"Turn It Off," and "Man Up." Act II has 12 songs that include "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream,"I Believe" and "Orlando." The musical at present has an orchestra that includes nine members. The instrumentation associated with this orchestra encompasses keyboards, guitars, trombones, trumpets, saxophones, flutes and violin. There are seven members that are a part of the cast including Elder Kevin Price, Nabulungi, Elder McKinley, Mafala Hatimbi, Elder Arnold Cunningham, the Mission President as well as General. The musical remains a top hit and the recording associated with it has been exceptional, to say the least. Playbill stated that the recording of the musical was ranked high on iTunes. The magazine, Rolling Stone, stated that the recording of the musical had witty lyrics as well as tuneful songs that provoke you to score tickets for the musical itself.
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