Toe-Tap Your Way to Uganda

Posted on April 1, 2011


Image: The Book of Mormon on Broadway © 2011 Joan Marcus

Toe-Tap Your Way to Uganda
by AnneLise Sorensen

Mormonism… funny? Sweet Jesus, yes.

If you think South Park is hilarious, you’ll laugh and laugh (and be totally offended at least a half-dozen times) at The Book of Mormon, the wicked new musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creators of South Park, and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez of Avenue Q.

On paper, the premise seems straightforward: Two young Mormon missionaries are sent to Uganda to save the souls of the natives. In execution, it’s anything but. There’s the dance number featuring cameos by Jeffrey Dahmer and Genghis Khan. The tribal general whose name is so naughty it can’t be printed here without blacking out most of the letters. And, the ribald skewering of The Lion King, so that you’ll never, ever be able think of “Hakuna Matata” the same way again.

In short, it’s so good you may almost want to convert to Mormonism. Almost.

The Book of Mormon, Eugene O’Neill Theatre,

My review originally featured on MSN (Microsoft Network).