The nine-time Tony-winning, multi-Olivier awarded and Grammy-getting musical The Book Of Mormon has wowed audiences across the world for over six years, playing for four at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Have you joined the mission?
The Book Of Mormon Background
After seeing Avenue Q, satirical masterminds and the creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, were inspired to write a musical. Working with Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, the animated sitcom-writing duo created a laugh-out-loud comedy about the Mormon religion that takes a pop at organised religion, consumerism, the current economy and the musical theatre genre itself.
The Book Of Mormon opened to sold-out audiences at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway on 24 March 2011. Since, it’s toured the US and Canada, had its UK premiere in the West End on 25 February 2013, and opened in Melbourne on 18 January 2017.
Its big heart and bigger laughs meant it not only won the Best New Musical Olivier Award in 2014, but the show received rave reviews from every publication in London. It’s still one of the most popular musicals in the West End.
What is The Book Of Mormon about?
The Book Of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach the Mormon religion, only to discover they have a lot more to learn about the real world than they have to teach about Mormonism.
When the pair of opposites land in a poverty-stricken, crime-riddled and disease-filled village in Uganda, the enigmatic over-achiever and prideful Mormon Elder Price learns that charms and good looks don’t get you far. As for his awkward and enthusiastic partner Elder Cunningham; well, he’s just happy to have a friend and be included in something. Thousands of miles from Salt Lake City and facing the biggest of reality checks, Elder Price’s faith is shaken. He must convince himself of the scriptures he’s preaching before he can convert any of the locals who are more concerned with war, famine, and AIDS than Mormonism. However, armed with his own interpretation of The Book Of Mormon and an innocent disposition, Elder Cunningham thrives… sort of.
What age is The Book Of Mormon appropriate for?
The Book Of Mormon contains explicit language and adult topics. Parental guidance is advised.
How long is The Book Of Mormon?
The Book Of Mormon is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, including a 15-minute interval. In a typical week it plays at 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday, with a 2.30pm matinee on Wednesday and Saturday.
Where is The Book Of Mormon playing in London?
The Book Of Mormon opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre near Piccadilly Circus in March 2013, where it’s been playing ever since.
How do I get to the Prince of Wales Theatre?
You can find the Prince of Wales Theatre just off Leicester Square. The nearest tube station to the theatre is Piccadilly Circus (approx. 150m away) and the nearest train station is Charing Cross (approx. 550m).
Will The Book Of Mormon be touring?
As of December 2017, there are no current plans for The Book Of Mormon to tour the UK. The only place to see it is in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
Who is in the London cast of The Book Of Mormon?
The musical currently has KJ Hippensteel and Cody Jamison Strand making their West End debuts in the roles of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, following their runs in the Broadway and US Tour productions in the same roles.
Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad respectively played these roles on Broadway. Rannells has gone on to appear in a number of TV shows and films including Girls and The Intern, as well as taking Broadway roles such as Hedwig in Hedwig And The Angry Inch, and King George III in Hamilton. Gad has found fame as the voice of Oleg in Frozen and playing LeFou in Beauty And The Beast.
- KJ Hippensteel plays Elder Price. He has starred in the US tours of Wicked, Hairspray and Clueless: The Musical. KJ played Elder Price in the Broadway and US tour productions of The Book of Mormon and is making his West End debut as the over-achieving Mormon missionary.
- Cody Jamison Strand plays Elder Cunningham. Cody’s been playing the role of Elder Cunningham for four years, both on Broadway and the US Tour. He’s now making his West End debut as the adorable yet awkward Mormon missionary.
- Leanne Robinson plays Nabulungi. The UK singer-songwriter spent six months on the US/Canadian Tour of The Book Of Mormon before returning to London to make her West End debut.
- Steven Webb plays both Moroni and Elder McKinley. Steven’s previous theatre credits include Oliver! and The History Boys.
- Richard Lloyd King plays Mafala Hatimbi. Richard is a veteran of the West End with credits including A Chorus Line, Cats, Miss Saigon and The Bodyguard.
- Dean Maynard plays Elder Price’s Dad, Joseph Smith and the Mission President. Dean’s previous West End appearances include Memphis and Billy Elliot.
- Michael Moulton plays both the General and Satan.
Where did The Book Of Mormon originally open?
The Book Of Mormon first opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway in 2011. In 2012, it opened in Chicago and went on its first US Tour. In 2013, the musical debuted in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre where it’s been ever since.
Will I like it?
If four years of sold-out shows, rave reviews from critics and audiences, plus a case full of awards are anything to go by, then how could you not?
The tongue-in-cheek masterpiece has a bit of everything: catchy songs, clever lyrics, charming characters, food for thought and a brief but detailed summary of Mormonism. The unconventional, subversive show that changed musical theatre forever spreads a message of love and acceptance while shining a light on the realities of world issues and modern religion.
If The Book Of Mormon doesn’t have you leaving the theatre full of joy and singing your heart out, nothing will.
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