November 27th – January 19th at the Orpheum Theatre
The Book of Mormon Brings Laughter to the Bay
Entertainment Weekly has called it “the funniest musical of all time.” Ben Brantley of The New York Times referred to it as “the monster hit Broadway’s been desperate for.” The Book of Mormon took the world of Broadway by storm in 2011, and the laughs just keep on coming. The narrative follows two mismatched Mormon boys on a religious mission to Uganda. It doesn’t take long for Elder Price, a dedicated and enthusiastic young Mormon missionary, and Elder Cunningham, his awkward truth-twisting sidekick, to realize they’re a long way from Salt Lake. In an attempt to convert Ugandan citizens to the Mormon Religion, chaos and hilarity ensues. As they share the Book of Mormon with the locals, which only one of the boys has actually read, they come across widespread poverty, violence, and disease. Not surprisingly, the boys soon find themselves in a good deal of trouble.
To avoid spoiling the many narrative surprises, let’s just say that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, in conjunction with Robert Lopez (co-composer of Avenue Q) do a brilliant job offending all parties involved, all while seamlessly making sense of an outlandish story. As was the case in many South Park episodes, the musical satirizes organized religion and traditional theatre in the cleverest ways imaginable.
The show runs from November 27th to January 19th at the historic Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Just minutes from the King George Hotel.