BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour Two at ASU Gammage

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour Two at ASU GammageIf you've seen original film version of Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS (1967), you may recall the audience looking aghast when the curtain opened on the musical "Springtime for Hitler".

So, you'd think a musical comedy about Mormons trying to convert a village in Africa would be just as likely to raise eyebrows and drop jaws. Yes and no.

Regardless of whether you think poking fun at any religion is in poor taste, Trey Parker and Matt Stone chose Mormons in part because their proselytizing missions are a natural way for moving the story along. While others head for Norway, France and Japan, Elder Price's dreams of OR-LAN-DO! are dashed when it's announced he's headed to Uganda.

To make matters worse, he's paired with a mythomaniacal, pop culture nerd named Elder Cunningham. But that's just the beginning of a two-and-a-half-hour irreverent romp that does, believe it or not, eventually share a positive message.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is still playing strong on Broadway and celebrating its second tour with a tremendously-talented traveling cast including Gabe Gibbs (Elder Price), Conner Peirson (Elder Cunningham) and Leanne Robinson (Nabulungi) pictured backstage above.

Tickets for performances at ASU Gammage are available through May 28, 2017.

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