'If I could give 'The Book of Mormon' 6 out of 5 stars I would. It's a show that's too good to miss and I still have to pinch myself it's here in Manchester'
“‘The Book of Mormon’ is wickedly funny, it's risqué and inappropriate in almost every way, the music is punchy and fun but it's also sassy and sweet - everything a musical should be.”
Find out how you could be the among the first to see the much anticipated Broadway smash hit in Manchester.
The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash-hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is coming to Manchester.
Liz Carr makes her case for why The Book of Mormon is the most significant art work of the last 20 years.
Ever wondered what on earth a swing is? Well, read in wonder.
U.S. actress Alexandra Ncube has taken over as Nabulungi in the West End production of The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
Love for The Book of Mormon runs deep! Have you met a cre BOM-fan? It’s intense! But what if those keenos were Harry Potter characters? Which would they be?! Have a little look below…
My expectations were emphatically met – The Book of Mormon was an unfettered, joyful show that had us heartily laughing throughout.
Broadway vets Billy Harrigan Tighe and A.J. Holmes will replace Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner as Elders Price and Cunningham from July 28.
The Metro's Nico Adams says "Once you have finished reading this, go and book tickets. IMMEDIATELY".
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Tony Award-winning satirical hit was one of last year's most highly-anticipated arrivals. The public soon fell under its unashamedly offensive spell, discovering a warm heart at its centre and a catchy – albeit filthy – score to boot.
"It's bold, it's audacious, it breaks the rules, it's hysterical and its thanks to the creative team and the extraordinary cast who every night give it 100 per cent."
"Ding, dong! – Hello, my name is Elder Caines, and I would like to share with you this most amazing show..."
Book of Mormon co-creator Bobby Lopez wins Oscar and becomes only the 12th member of exclusive EGOT (Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, Tony) Club.
Comedian Mark Steel discusses what he thinks Richard Dawkins could learn from The Book of Mormon about converting believers to his cause...
The Book of Mormon dominated the musicals categories at the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards.
The Book of Mormon was named today as the most in-demand ticket in London theatre this year.
The public has voted. And the West End production of The Book of Mormon is the proud winner of 7 Awards including The Best New Musical in the West End. Amazing! Thanks to everyone who voted for us.
A huge Book of Mormon thank you to our October audiences who kindly donated a recording-breaking £45,930.42 to Acting for Others. This is an annual initiative which seeks to raise funds on behalf of The Combined Theatrical Charities Appeals Council.
Fans of the shows have voted The Book of Mormon, "London's Best Night Out" in the 2013 Evening Standard Theatre awards.
Prince Harry and Cressida enjoy date night at The Book of Mormon.
Blogger John Howard provides some handy reminders, just in case you'd forgotten.
In a reminder that having a sense of humour is the secret to a happy marriage, Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam González Durántez spent their wedding anniversary seeing The Book of Mormon.
Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes explains what moves him.
Donna Air and James Middleton step out hand in hand as they make their first public appearance as a couple at The Book of Mormon.
For several years now, I have followed the career of two young American gentlemen with great interest. I first spotted their talent when I saw a film entitled Cannibal The Musical, which I gather was some sort of student project charting the life of a 19th century American prospector who was convicted of cannibalism...
Taking time out from the helter skelter of the financial markets The Economist recommends investing some time at The Book of Mormon.
Sosogay.co.uk waxes lyrical about the show and its "smoking hot" cast.
Journalist, author and broadcaster Grace Dent argues that The Book of Mormon has managed to rise awareness about FGM more effectively than most Governments and traditional campaigners.
The South Park creators' musical was much lauded in the US, but its satirical sensibility may be lost in translation to London?
"The hit musical "The Book of Mormon" opened in London Thursday night, and swiftly broke records for the highest single day of sales Friday in both West End and Broadway history"
The producers of The Book of Mormon announced that the show set a record for the biggest single day of sales in West End and Broadway history.
The seemingly unstoppable hit "The Book of Mormon" has broken another record — this time on the other side of the Atlantic.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hit musical is a savage, brilliant satire, and is making millions. So why do musicals thrive in a recession?
As 'The Book of Mormon' reaches the West End and 'Matilda' hits Broadway, Matthew Sweet celebrates an unexpected renaissance.
Gavin talks about Loving London, passing for 19 and being an 'eligible bachelor'
THE BOOK OF MORMON shows that (almost) no subject is beyond comedy, if you can do it right.
Sets a new standard for the 21st century Broadway musical," yells Entertainment Weekly. "The best musical of this century," nods the New York Times. "So f**king good it makes me angry," adds 'The Daily Show's Jon Stewart - these are no single adjectives plucked from the pages of little-known blogs but gushing praise from some of most respected critics in America.
Robert Gore-Langton on putting God into musicals.
I've always thought of myself as pretty unshockable. But after watching an early performance last week of The Book of Mormon, my belief has been shaken to the core.
Slickly commercial song and dance productions like The Book of Mormon become indispensable experiences. Of the behemoths swaggering into view, none promises to be bigger than The Book of Mormon. There's a palpable buzz about this viciously funny musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Paul McCartney, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton, Simon Cowell, Tim Minchin, Kate Moss and David Walliams were just some of the celebrities who, along with the producers who donated the evening's box office takings and Mormon Facebook fans who won tickets to attend, helped raise almost £200,000 for Comic Relief at a gala performance of The Book of Mormon.
As the taboo-busting musical debuts in London, Mark Lawson asks its American stars – is Britain ready for it?
The brains behind South Park discuss their new musical, The Book of Mormon.
The show is bringing new audiences to theatre. Speaking to The Stage, Jared Gertner says the show has helped in "expanding" theatre's audiences, mainly because of the following its writers – South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone – have.
The most powerful producer in the West End, and key player on Broadway, is a risk-taker with an artist's eye. No surprise then that she's behind the thrilling new musical, The Book of Mormon.
John Humphrys talks to Matt Stone and Trey Parker on BBC Radio 4's Today programme after seeing the show's London Dress Rehearsal.
Stone and Parker spent seven years working on The Book of Mormon. Last night, hundreds of fans queued outside London's Prince of Wales theatre to see the first UK performance.
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are flying in the face of decorum and political correctness again with their musical The Book of Mormon.
As the wildly acclaimed Broadway musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone has its first performance in London, here are 13 points which should enable you to work out just how Mormon you are!
You can accuse Trey Parker and Matt Stone of many things, but pulling punches isn't one of them. From their first film in 1993, Cannibal! The Musical, to South Park and Team America: World Police, they've made an art form of offensive humour. And now British fans can witness this art form up close, as the pair's revered stage musical The Book Of Mormon transfers from Broadway to London.
Mormonism is everywhere at the moment, thanks in part to The Book Of Mormon, the stratospherically successful and bitingly satirical Broadway musical masterminded by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The Mormon faith has been plagued by stereotyping for decades. Lizzie Pook investigates one of the world's fastest growing religions...
It was hailed in America as the "best musical of this century" and "the funniest musical of all time". Now British audiences will get a chance to see what all the fuss is about as the multi-Tony-award winning The Book of Mormon finally arrives in the West End this month.
I watched Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner rehearse a couple of numbers with the company of The Book Of Mormon and , wow, they would have blown the sockets if they'd have continued. Everyone without a ticket should pray, and then some, that a few will be returned to the box office.
As Broadway smash The Book Of Mormon prepares to open in London, its creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone talk to Metro about the secret of the show's success.
South Park resident Leah Winkler has spent 14 hours camping outside London's Prince of Wales theatre in Piccadilly. She may be a long way from her Colorado home, but she cites it as the reason behind her place in the queue for Book of Mormon tickets.
The Book of Mormon has published full details of the ticket lottery that offers theatregoers the opportunity to buy 21 top-price tickets for £20 at every performance. The lottery regularly attracts large crowds of South Park and Mormon fans on Broadway and around the U.S. everywhere The Book of Mormon is playing and is launched in London to give daily access to a limited number of tickets to those who have been unable to book in advance. "We know how hard it's been for some people to get tickets." said Trey Parker. "The lottery helps us give our fans a fighting chance at seeing the show." Entries to the lottery will be accepted in person at the Box Office two and a half hours prior to each performance. Names will be drawn at random two hours before each performance. Only one entry per person is allowed for a maximum of two tickets and winners must be present at the time of drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets.
Joseph Smith Jr, the American who founded Mormonism, was a man who saw and foresaw much. He saw that the Lord wanted him as his prophet. And he saw that the Lord wished to allow him many wives ("if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another... then is he justified," he wrote). And, in an unusual diversion by the Almighty into real estate, Smith saw He wished Smith to have a splendid house ("And now I say unto you... let it be a delightful habitation").
The Book of Mormon, a musical by the creators of South Park, has sold out part of its West End run despite its unfamiliar subject matter. Seven weeks before it opens for previews in the West End, the musical The Book of Mormon is proving to be something of a miracle (which, perhaps, is not entirely surprising for a show about people who wear sacred undergarments, and believe that Christ's Second Coming will start in the United States).
So, let's get right down to it: Does THE BOOK OF MORMON live up to all the hype? You bet it does. And more.
Most of the audience flocking to THE BOOK OF MORMON, which officially descended on Chicago Wednesday night like satirical manna from some warped South Park heaven, are looking for amusement and escape. They'll surely find salvation from the rough old world in this new production of the deliciously over-eager 2011 Broadway hit, newly crafted for Chicago with a clutch of utterly committed, fresh-faced, faux-Mormon lads.
Tickets will go on public sale for the West End production of The Book of Mormon on 23 September 2012. Preview performances will begin at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February 2013, with the official opening night on 21 March. Casting will be announced shortly. The Book of Mormon will offer a limited number of top-price stalls tickets at £20 for each performance. These seats will be available through The Book of Mormon lottery. Entries to the lottery will be accepted in person at the Box Office two and a half hours prior to each performance. Names will be drawn at random two hours before each performance. The Book of Mormon is produced in the West End by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and Sonia Friedman Productions.
As The Book of Mormon, by the duo behind South Park, heads to London, we find its creators surprisingly kind towards true believers...
Broadway's biggest hit show, The Book Of Mormon, has its roots firmly in British humour, according to its creators. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the men behind Mormon and also South Park (now in its 16th season}, will be in London towards the end of the month to do further casting on the outrageous musical they collaborated on with Robert Lopez.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This wild, thrilling, gofor-broke, genuinely hilarious musical comedy remains one of the funniest shows in the West End. My audience was in raptures.
Gloriously and painfully fully
Big, bold, beautifully performed and bodacious in its quest to do something different but still follow established codes and conventions, ‘The Book of Mormon’ brings Broadway pizazz and irreverent humour to Manchester.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It's hilarious. God have mercy upon my soul.
★ ★ ★ ★ Indecently funny. The killer whale of comedy.
An unstoppable hit. Damnably clever and sharp.
A work of genius. Could this be the new golden age for musicals?
The hit of the year.
★ ★ ★ ★ Brash, crude, and offensive. A massive hit.
★ ★ ★ ★ The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was scarcely more of a hit.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Foul-mouthed, funny and wild. Terrifically entertaining.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It's not just great: it's Mormonumental
I loved it so much.", "I've never laughed so much. I was blown away.
The most talked about show in London. Mormon puts itself triumphantly in the middle of the cultural conversation.
Can someone get me a ticket?!
I loved this show. It's completely bonkers. It has a beautiful heart.
A night of unalloyed joy. Bright, fierce, challenging, unashamedly scatological, and entirely redemptive.
★ ★ ★ ★ A blast. Lord, these Mormons move in hilarious ways.
★ ★ ★ ★ Fearlessly stuffed with foul expletives, full-frontal filth, profound political incorrectness and blasphemy. Screamingly entertaining.
★ ★ ★ ★ South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have breathed new life into musical theatre. I watched the entire show with my mouth hanging open.
The best musical of this century. So impeccably produced on every level. Heaven on Broadway. The Book of Mormon achieves something like a miracle. All the folks involved in Mormon prove themselves worthy, dues-paying members of the church of Broadway. A celebration of the privilege, for just a couple of hours, of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.
The perfect Broadway musical. Behold The Book of Mormon. An exhilarating Broadway musical at once revolutionary and classic, hilarious and humane, funny and obscene, uncompromising in production standards and unafraid of just about anything. This is what 21st century Broadway can be. If Broadway has the balls. Lord knows, The Book of Mormon does. I'm sold; I believe in The Book of Mormon.
★ ★ ★ ★ History is made. The new gold standard for Broadway. The Book of Mormon is on its march into legend. Come on Mormons, go into your dance.
The Book of Mormon manages to offend, provoke laughter, trigger eye-rolling, satirize conventions and warm hearts, all at the same time. Inventive and subversive. A tight, visually popping, roof-raising show. Amen to that. Consider us converted.
After Mormon, I like to imagine, the Broadway musical might be free to be a Broadway musical again. Enough comedic force to prolapse the average diaphragm. Astonishingly good. The Book of Mormon resurrects the balls-out Broadway musical.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A heavenly musical. Oh boy, it's a real winner. Blissfully original, irreverent, outspoken and hilarious. You catch yourself laughing one minute, mouth agape the next, eventually wiping away tears, and, finally, cheering. Being among the converted is what it's all about.
The Book of Mormon. A fiendishly well-crafted, hilariously smart - or maybe smartly hilarious - song-and-dance extravaganza. The show's a hoot. The show's a hit. A full-blooded tuner that rejuvenates musicals while displaying a genuine love for the form. An avalanche of filthy gags, butt jokes and wickedly catchy show tunes. Each time you think they can't possibly top a particularly crazed moment, 10 more follow. By the time The Book of Mormon ends in an orgy of over-the-top cheer, you just can't wait to get on that ride all over again.
Matt and Trey: Where have you been all my life? A pricelessly entertaining act of musical-comedy subversion. The mighty O'Neill himself would have to have given it up for this extraordinarily well-crafted musical assault on all things holy. A marvel. One of the most joyous bundles Broadway has unwrapped in years. Approach the altar of Parker, Stone, and Lopez.
The Book of Mormon surely goes further than any other musical in Broadway history. Shrewd, hilariously profane, remarkably well-crafted and wholly hilarious. A night more emotional than many will expect.
The Book of Mormon has the propulsive verve of a runaway hit. Boisterously outrageous. It's hard to imagine anyone topping the ding-dong hilarity set off by The Book of Mormon. It has all the fearlessness one would expect. Sacred cows, let's just say, are there for the riotous milking. But for all its irreverence, The Book of Mormon has the old-fashioned musical comedy heart of adults who spent much of their adolescence lip-syncing to original cast albums in their finished basements. Nothing is off limits. The farcical stampede is unstoppable. It's not easy to shock a modern-day audience, but The Book of Mormon succeeds with alarming regularity.
The shocking thing about The Book of Mormon is that after all the production numbers that make searing fun of Mormonism, African culture, AIDS, terror, mainline religion and every Western creation myth -- after all of that, the show ends up an unbridled celebration of faith. The show is a hoot -- and a guilty pleasure. All the time, though, Mormon is coming full circle. The Book of Mormon is a triumph – that's not too strong a word: For all its outrageous mockery, the show encourages you appreciate whatever creation story gives you comfort and allows you to appropriate mystery. The ultimate feel-good musical.
A hilarious musical. The Book of Mormon is gleefully funny. It seldom goes more than 10 seconds without a big laugh. And it's not just about the jokes. They're embedded in a satisfying story, supported by witty, character-relevant songs. Most important for its overall success, the show's creators understand that even a satirical musical needs to have characters you can care about. Mormon is that rare creature that isn't based on a book or a play or a movie – it came totally out of its creators' heads. And what they thought up is one of the most purely enjoyable musicals in years.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The season's best musical. Musical-comedy heaven. Viciously hilarious. You laugh your head off. The Book of Mormon is a mystic revelation, the most exuberantly entertaining Broadway musical in years.
Aggressively hilarious, blasphemous and almost indecently entertaining. The show is manna from heaven.
The Book of Mormon is something just spectacular. Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez just gave oxygen to Broadway. The kind of Broadway experience we haven't had in years. New, exciting, chance-taking, funny, inappropriate, filthy, beautifully staged, a great brilliant romp of a musical. It's hysterical. It's hysterical. You will not believe how great this cast is. So funny, we almost fell out of our seats. I couldn't even go to sleep last night cause I kept thinking of this stuff.
A classic. The show's delightful contradictions extend to its craftsmanship. In terms of construction and song placement, Mormon masters a classic formula. Number after number hits a bulls-eye. One of the freshest original musicals in recent memory. Hugely entertaining. Explosive laughs. The Book of Mormon is irresistible.
A production as lustrous as the golden statue of the angel Moroni that rotates atop the proscenium. A raucously funny new show. Every song enhances the hilarity, expert staging heightens every gag, and the cast of fresh faces is blissfully good. A show that never quits. The Book of Mormon approaches musical-comedy Rapture.
An inspired collaboration made in theatre heaven. Brilliantly original, hysterically funny and tunefully irresistible. Rarely has a show come along as consummately crafted as The Book of Mormon. The show achieves the near impossible.
Messrs. Parker, Lopez and Stone's tuneful score is memorable and hummable, show music that tells stories, deepens characters and gets laughs. So this is the lesson of The Book of Mormon: the elusive trick to succeeding on Broadway today is to write a smart, funny, sweet show, insert tuneful songs and a talented cast and give it a great staging. Subversive, ain't it?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The most critically acclaimed new musical for years. Only heavy prayer will get you tickets. Fearlessly offensive and it's smart as hell.
The best thing Trey Parker and Matt Stone have ever done. You need to buy a ticket to find out why.
The creators of South Park have written a Broadway musical about Mormons. A genuine breath of fresh air.
Hilarious. Bless their iconoclastic hearts. A whole lotta sung, danced and acted glory. Uproarious lines and highly entertaining numbers. It grabs the audience by the lapels and won't let go.
Screamingly funny yet sharply insightful. Blisteringly boisterous. A barbed-wired-laced Broadway bombshell. Nothing short of miraculous. A rarity on Broadway these days. The whole company is perfectly in synch with the insanity.