I went to see The Book of Mormon in September but time flies and I didn’t find the time to write about it before!
I first heard about The Book of Mormon when I moved to London in March 2013. I was a bit skeptical about it and didn’t understand how we could do a musical about mormons. I didn’t even intend to see it until I saw this video:
Only stupid people don’t change their mind, as we say in France.
I found it so funny that I shared it with my best friend, my sister and my mother and we had a good laugh every time we heard “Hello” for a long long time.
After that, we all wanted to see it but I finally went with my mother.
As an American Express cardholder, I was able to buy very good seats at a very good price.
The Book of Mormon was played at The Prince of Wales Theater, located between Picadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
We arrived 30 minutes before the show and went directly to our seats.
For those who wanted, there was a bar where people could enjoy drinks before the performance and even pre-order for the interval.
The theater in itself was very intimate.
Our seats were in the lower section. The problem was that we had 2 giants in front of us and therefore had to shift on the side to view the stage. I think that the higher section might be better because spectators have less chances to experience the same problem as the inclination is more important.
The show opened with the music of the video I put above and I was overexcited.
The next 2 hours and 30 minutes were crazy and hilarious.
The musical has been written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park. And I really had the impression to watch a long South Park episode with real persons! There is no better way to describe it. The language was rude and some scenes were obscene but it was extremely funny.
I’m not going tell you the story because I want you to have the surprised.
However, I will tell you some facts about Mormons that might help you to better understand some scenes:
-Mormons trace their origins to the visions that Joseph Smith reported having in the early 1820s, while leaving in upstate New York.
-In 1823, Smith said that an angel directed him to a buried book written on golden plates inscribed with a Judeo-Christian history of an ancient American civilisation.
-In 1830, Smith published what he said was an English translation of these plates, the Book of Mormon, named after Mormon, the ancient prophet-historian who compiled the book.
-Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints.
-The Church is headquartered in Salt Lake City – Utah.
-In October 2014, according to The Church, it was over 88 000 missionaries and a membership of over 15 million.
-Most full-time Mormon missionaries are single young men and women in their late teens and early twenties and older couples no longer with children in the home.
-Missionaries are often assigned to serve far from their homes, including in foreign countries.
-Missionaries serve in pairs and devote their full energies to preaching the Gospel.
-Missions typically last 2 years for men, 18 months for women, and 6 to 18 months for older couples.
-All Mormon missionaries serve voluntary and don’t receive a salary for their work.
-Men Mormon missionaries are referred to by the title Elder.
During the interval, I went to see the goodies. I excepted to find a blank notebook with a black cover and the inscription “The Book of Mormon” but I didn’t. I’m sure that they might have thought about it but that it was problematic and didn’t get the right to do it.
This is a show that I would love to see again and that I highly recommend to adults with a good command of English and a good sense of humor.
At the end of the performance, we crossed the bar once again and there was a group playing live music. It was very catchy and we would probably have ordered a drink or two if we weren’t starving. We really struggled to find a restaurant. Most of them were full or the kitchen was about to close. We finally found our happiness in a Spanish restaurant called Brindisa where I had already eaten with my Spanish friends.
So, my advice, if you want to eat in a restaurant in London after an evening performance, especially on a Friday or Saturday, would be to book to be sure to have a table.
Prince of Wale Theatre