Disclosure: I received media tickets to attend this performance. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
The Broadway In Miami 2014-2015 season continues with its return of The Book Of Mormon to Miami for a short run at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Running through December 14, 2014, The Book Of Mormon will have you in stitches, laughing all the way home.
Selling out night after night The Book of Mormon, from the creators of South Park, is proving to be the show of the year not to be missed by South Floridians. Winner of nine Tony Awards including “Best Musical”! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of “South Park,” and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award–winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new religious satire Broadway musical.
“The funniest musical of all time!” – Entertainment Weekly
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as “a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry.”
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls “the best musical of this century.”
Coming into this show I really didn’t know what to expect. Last year EVERYONE had raved about it and I was under no circumstances going to miss it this year. I was completely caught off guard, which I shouldn’t have been as I’ve seen an episode or two of South Park. But really, I was mind-blown. It’s hard to describe the show without giving it all away!
Tonight was going to be a far overdo date night for Papa and I. As we walked towards the theater I passed by a young man attempting to hand me a card. Lately many of the shows I have attended the actors are interacting with the audience pre-show time. Thinking he was part of the show (dressed like a Mormon) I accepted and asked if he wouldn’t mind taking a selfie with me. He obliged.
It wasn’t until I overheard a passerby say something that I realized this was NOT one of the actors, he was a real Mormon!!!! It’s not like I’ve never seen one before, I’ve just never gotten this close to one. So after laughing at myself and not trying to let on to Papa that I had been fooled, I was even more excited about the selfie we had just taken. This could only get better, right?
And better it got! From the opening act to the closing act the laughs were rolling non-stop. Every religion, every disease, everybody was a target. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying you should laugh at religion, disease or people. What I am saying is be prepared. It’s a sort of twisted sense of humor one must have to appreciate this show, definitely be prepared because this is a SATIRE musical. If you aren’t sure what Satire means, the Oxford dictionary defines it as: “The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.”
As the show begins you see a group of young Mormon at “training camp” getting ready to graduate and embark on their missions. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham are sent off to Uganda. What’s funny about this? EVERYTHING. Think of the most oddest couple being paired together and then sent to a remote location that is the exact opposite of where they want to be! Really, you just gotta go see the show.
With hysterical acts and songs like, “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream”, “Turn It Off”, visits from Darth Vader, Jesus Christ and so much more, there isn’t a moment you won’t be laughing. Okay, I’ve already said too much, and I don’t want to ruin this for you, so go forth and get your tickets! I overheard an older woman say this was her THIRD time seeing The Book Of Mormon! And she wasn’t the only one, I heard several people saying the same. All I know is that I already want to see The Book of Mormon again.
Standing quickly to my feet at the end of the performance I wanted to be the first to give this amazing cast a standing ovation. The cast even gave us a little extra song at the end, which you can see a clip of on my Instagram page here.
The parental guide lists this show as “contains explicit language“. I don’t recall seeing any youngsters at the show at all. I did overhear someone mention that they would bring their teen to see the show. Please use your parental judgment to determine if your children are old enough. There is a lot of strong material that some young ones will not understand, and other material you may not want them to hear or have to explain. A true appreciation for a darker sense of humor is necessary for all attendees.
The Book Of Mormon runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes one (1) fifteen minute intermission. Food, snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Drinks are allowed inside but food will need to be consumed outside the theater for this performance.
Ticket prices are budget friendly and start at only $39. There are only 8 shows left, playing in the evenings on weekdays and with two shows each on Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 14th. Don’t forget that their are daily pre-show lotteries being held for $25 tickets to see the show. I detailed all the information you need to know in this post here.
The Book Of Mormon is playing at the Ziff Ballet Opera House in the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. Tickets are available for purchase here or by calling the Box Office at (305) 949-6722.
Photo Credits @ MamasMission and Joan Marcus.
Be sure to visit Broadway In Miami for details about upcoming Broadway Across America shows coming to South Florida!
Disclosure: Mama’s Mission was not compensated for this post. I received media tickets to attend this performance; however, all opinions are 100% my own. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.