The Book of Mormon

Theatre, West End Prince of Wales Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Saturday September 16 2017
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Tania Mathurin, KJ Hippensteel, and Brian Sears in 'The Book of Mormon'

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© Johan Persson

Asmeret Ghebremichael and Brian Sears in 'The Book of Mormon' 

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© Johan Persson

KJ Hippensteel and Delroy Atkinson in 'The Book of Mormon'

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© Johan Persson

The London cast of 'The Book of Mormon'

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© Johan Persson

The London cast of 'The Book of Mormon'

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© Johan Persson

The London cast of 'The Book of Mormon'

 (© Johan Persson)
© Johan Persson

The London cast of 'The Book of Mormon'

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It's not as filthy as 'South Park', but this hit musical by its creators is still sublimely funny

Brace yourself for a shock: ‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway-munching musical is not particularly shocking. Sure, there are ‘fucks’ and ‘cunts’ and gags about baby rape – but beneath it all, this is a big-hearted affair that pays note-perfect homage to the spirit of Broadway’s golden age as much as the sounds.

The strapping young Latter Day Saints missionaries in ‘The Book of Mormon’ are as cartoonish as any ‘South Park’ character, with the endearing alpha-male woodenness of the ‘Team America’ puppets. In other words, they are loveable, well-intentioned idiots, traversing the globe like groups of pious meerkats, convinced they can convert the heathen through sheer politeness. And if they have doubts, then as Stephen Ashfield’s scene-stealingly repressed Elder McKinley declares in glorious faux-Gershwin number ‘Turn it Off’, ‘Don’t feel those feelings – hold them in instead!’

His advice is ignored by the show’s heroes, narcissistic, highly strung Elder Price (Gavin Creel) and dumpy, lying Elder Cunningham (Jared Gertner). The pair are sent to Uganda in an effort to convert a village to Mormonism, a religion that essentially tells the penniless villagers how great distant America is. The locals are not keen: Price cracks and unwisely clashes with a crazed local warlord; Cunningham makes up his own version of Mormonism which involves fucking frogs to cure oneself of Aids.

‘The Book of Mormon’ is, above all, very funny, breathing three-dimensional, all-singing, all-dancing life into the absurdities of literal Mormon dogma without ever being mean. It’s the mildest thing Parker and Stone have done, atheist in outlook but conciliatory towards anyone whose beliefs make them happy. If they and co-creator Robert ‘Avenue Q’ Lopez are angry about anything, it’s ‘The Lion King’: ‘Mormon’ neatly sidesteps accusations of racism by making its Uganda a scathing and explicit parody of that musical blockbuster’s misty-eyed romanticism.

From Casey Nicholaw’s kitsch choreography to the sheer detail of a book that hops with elan from Biblical Egypt to eighteenth-century America to a sort of vaginal version of hell, this is a tremendous show, as accomplished as it is funny. It also has as hard-working, well-drilled and odd-looking an ensemble as you’ll see on the West End.

And yet, after the biblical deluge of hype, for me ‘Mormon’ is only the best West End musical since the stronger ‘Matilda’. It offers a series of great-to-sublime songs and set pieces, but for all the laughs, as a whole it lacks the satiric purpose and angry animating spark of its creators’ other work.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are not West End messiahs. But they are very naughty boys, and it’s hard not to love their smash musical. 

This review is from the London premiere of 'The Book of Mormon' in 2013. The cast now includes: KJ Hippensteel (Elder Price), Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham), Alexandra Ncube (Nabulungi), Steven Webb (Moroni/Elder McKinley), and Richard Lloyd-King (Mafala Hatimbi).

How to get cheap tickets: 'The Book of Mormon' runs a 'lucky draw lottery' for £20 tickets to each performance. Turn up at the box office at 5pm before the evening's show (noon for matinees) to register your name. Winners will be announced at 5.30pm (12.30pm for matinees), and must be present with a valid form of ID to purchase their tickets.

By: Andrzej Lukowski


Venue name: Prince of Wales Theatre
Address: Coventry St
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq
Price: £27.50-£200. Runs 2hr 30min
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Avatar for Hammertime
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It says something about their reputations going before them, but I was actually expecting this to be more extreme. It's hardly take-your-gran material though and still incredibly unique on the west end stage. 

I would have liked to have seen more from the supporting Mormons too, they were brilliant, so I was disappointed they were under-used. 

But as an intelligent spectacle on a grand scale, it's a pretty magnificent beast.

Avatar for Natasha Bibi
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Ah Book of Mormon...It took me such a long time to see you, and my expectations were so high. And yep, they were pretty much met! The first act is, as is often the way, the most hilarious and engaging. I laughed so hard at at least two of the songs. Though I must admit, there were often moments when I genuinely cringed, and thought maybe they were going a little too far. Certain topics (if you see it, you'll know what I mean) that are in bad taste, rather than being ironically funny. My aunt and uncle asked me if they should see it, and I said no: The type of humour is really only suitable for those with dark sides! But if you enjoy that kind of humour, definitely see it - it can be very, very funny.

Avatar for Rosie A
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I'm not surprised the average review on TO is 5 stars, because this is a 5 star production. Funny, quick, and a sure fire hit even for those of us that hate musicals (Ok, I don't, I love them, but I pretend I hate them). It's rude, it's sweary, it's definitely for adults. Don't take super timid grandparents, but do take anyone you know that likes the kind of humour that feels borderline too far. I loved it. Everyone I know that has seen it has loved it. Go go go go! It sells out almost every single night, and has done since the start. Be sure to pre book your tickets, and it's definitely more fun in a group. Gather a posse together and be ready to laugh your head off. 

Avatar for Carrie

Not for the faint-hearted or easily offended, The Book of Mormon is a hilariously fun and witty show. Amazing talent and guaranteed to make you laugh until your face hurts, it's great for a night out to a show! Must-see! The hype is real. I can't believe it took me so long to see this show!

Avatar for Danette

The book of Mormon is a great reminder that sometimes you need to take the complex, often depressing developments of today's world, as well as your daily troubles, with a pinch of salt and a good dose of humour. Sprinkled with a generous serving of political incorrectness and largely inappropriate jokes, this musical is bound to bring a smile to your face, one that will linger long after the performance is over. The catchy tunes make this a really fun evening, reminding us all of a line we’re bound to have seen on a poster, t-shirt or mug at one point or another: Don’t take life too seriously! Nobody gets out alive anyway.

Avatar for Charlie R

Really enjoyed it. Took my other half who's a big Southpark fan and he's not stopped singing the songs since we got back. Definitely a specific type of dark humour - if you're not a southpark fan, then not sure you'd find it funny. We thought it was absolutely brilliant. Adored the mormons and their fabulous numbers in particular.

Avatar for Philippa H

I have to say, as someone who isn't a big SouthPark fan, I was dubious about seeing this musical. However, I was intrigued as to what the hype was about and I wasn't disappointed. It was by far, the funniest thing I have seen West End or otherwise, in a very long time. It's not immature humour, it's extremely intelligent and any theatre lover would appreciate how clever the storyline, soundtrack and set have been used. Definitely worth a visit & thanks Time Out for making it happen! 

Avatar for Sarah H

Bloody brilliant. Funny, filthy, toe-tappingly great. Took my 15-year-old who thought it was EPIC. Theatre was packed, everyone seemed to be having a great time including immaculately dressed pensioners. Bit disappointed no one walked out in rage, but can't blame them. I'd have gladly watched another two hours.

Avatar for Will P

Laughed all the way through. Even if you're not au fait with the work of Matt Stone and Trey Parker (and you're not offended by any crude/dark humour) this is a fantastic show. A bit more mainstream friendly compared to what the duo have produced in the past as it's not as extreme as previous episodes of South Park, but still funny.

Avatar for Linda W

We went with a slight nervousness as to how cringey and/or offensive it might be, and there were moments that fulfilled these expectations! However, they were all totally appropriate within this hilarious and intelligent parody on religious moralising and hypocrisy. We would thoroughly recommend it...but for those who are not easily offended. Great show! 

Avatar for shere m

I absolutely loved it. It surpassed my expectations. I'm from the US and lived in a couple areas where there were a lot of Mormons so this resonated with me a lot. I'm a huge South Park and Trey Parker and Matt Stone fan so I was thrilled to finally be able to seeing. I highly recommend it for those not easily offended!

Avatar for Dr D

This is the second time I've seen it! I even took my Mum this time who loved it. It's irreverent, funny, often close to the bone all weaved together with an excellent soundtrack and slick direction .

My only disappointment last night was I felt the music vocal mix was wrong in the first half . This made it difficult to hear the words sometimes which is paramount in this show. They had fixed it by the second half but I'd love to know if the theatre realized there was a problem

Go see it though !its a musical for musical haters !!

Avatar for Joss B

easily the best, funniest and most creative production currently running in London, hits the nail entirely on the head

Avatar for Kritt N

I absolutely loved the the book of Mormon. So good, I went and saw it twice!

Based in the Prince of Wales theatre and only a stone throw away from Piccadilly Circus, the Book of Mormon is a musical comedy that tells the tale of two latter day saints mission to convert the people of Uganda to Mormonism.

It was side splittingly hilarious. The all-singing and all-dancing dimension of the musical pokes fun into the life and strange dogma of Mormon beliefs without being mean. The acting was excellent too, and every actor on stage really portrayed the well-mannered, well-intentioned, cartoonish-like idiots who genuinely believes they can convert the world to Mormonism by sheer politeness. Good luck doing that in war-torn, poverty stricken Uganda!

Admittedly, The book of Mormon is not for everyone. There’s a good dollop of naughty words thrown in. But if you love the producer’s earlier work, South Park, you’ll absolutely love this and I highly recommend it if this sounds like your thing.

Tip: Two hours before every performance, the theatre holds a special lottery. If your name is called out, you’ll be entitled to purchase two of the 20 top seats reserved for lottery winners for the unbelievable price of £20 each! I’ve tried on three occasions and my name came out twice! Give it a go and good luck!

Avatar for Sonny C

I saw this previously & had a negative experience. I just remember feeling offended & not being comfortable laughing at some of the undeniably poor taste subject matter. I decided to give it another go one rainy Wednesday afternoon when a cheap matinee ticket offer tempted me back. This time I loved it! Knowing it would be so rude & crude completely desensitised me I was able to sit back, soak up the unashamedly jazz hands show tunes & cheer on our mismatched heroes Elder Price & Elder Cunningham on their African mission. I found it hilarious, toe tapping & even touching?! Would go again in a heartbeat it's one that gets funnier & better with repeated viewing & is a West End must see

Avatar for Jason James

This is very funny indeed. Met every one of my sky-high expectations and I left smiling like an idiot. But tired - it's tough laughing that much.

Avatar for Nigel C

Maybe I went to this with too much expectancy but I have to say that it certainly didn't deliver what I thought it would. The story line was OK but it was all a bit too predictable. The second half of the show was better than the first but the whole experience was overshadowed by the fact that it was soooo hot in the theatre. I'd say it's worth a look if you can get some discounted tickets but remember to just wear shorts and a vest and carry a large bottle of something rehydrating with you! 

Avatar for R H
Staff Writer

Without a doubt the funniest musical I have ever seen. I took my dad as a treat and the man was crying with laughter!

The combination of the idiotic but charming Mormons in the setting of an African village where the locals are looking at them as if they are aliens because of their unique ideas about how to solve their problems is genius. Songs such as, 'Turn it off', are hilarious and the whole production is slick, stylish and dare I say it - worth the cost of the ticket! Both times I have booked a couple of months ahead of time and selected £37.50 tickets which I think is pretty good. There really isn't a bad seat in this Theatre so don't worry about the cheaper seats not having a good view. 

Avatar for stephen j

What's not to like providing you like the controversial, no holds barred humour of Southpark, Team America and the likes then you'll love this show. Full of laugh out loud moments it's also a satirical commentary on the role of religion and the contrasting fortunes of the rich west and not so rich African nations.  

Avatar for Molesworth
Staff Writer

Having been wanting to see this for ages was very pleased & excited to get the opportunity. I have freinds who almost worship BOM & everyone i work with said its the funnieset thing ever - so expectations were very high.

However not sure if its me...... but the show was just OK. Had a few laughs & never thought Jefftrey Dahmer could be used in a song from a musical but it justv didn't float my boat.

Also probably the hottest I have ever been in a Theatre with people having to take layers of clothing off when entering. Made for very uncomfortable viewing & I actually fell asleep for short whiles in both halves - hardly a recommendation.

Avatar for MandyGo


When your cheeks hurt from laughing so much in the first half alone, that part of you wonders for the safety of the future of your smile whether you should continue with the second half – that's when you know it's worth every penny. 

Yep, I risked my smile – which the 40 year old Mandy may have issues with in 13 years time. But right now, it was worth every wrinkle and cheek ache. And those are muscles that a gym can never exercise!

If you're a bit prude, then don't see this with your Nan. And maybe not with your mum or dad. Unless you're from a family that loves a bit of controversy. If you don't like swearing or mockery of religion, don't see this at all. But if you're willing to leave your morals at the door, you will not be disappointed. 

Amazingly talented cast, hilarious script/song writing and fantastic comedy. I'm already looking into when I can book tickets to go again.

Avatar for Richard N

Don't see this if you're a prude or hate South Park with a vengeance. If you aren't, you'll probably have a very fun night out with out of this world scenes and some legitimately good songs thrown into the mix about Mormons and Africa. It's a musical that doesn't take itself seriously at all (much like the South Park movie) and with that, you should go in excited, because you'll leave entertained and begging for more. 

Avatar for Samantha H

This is a musical for everyone with a sense of humour....even those who claim to hate musicals!  It definitely has a South Park feel about it and I wouldn't take my gran but if you are after a laugh, often in awkwardness because you dont know if you should or not, then this is the show to see!  I walked into the theatre half an hour before it started on a Saturday and got 2 tickets which had been returned, so miracles can happen!  I will book for the future though and am sure it will be just as good next time! 

Avatar for Alanna S

Can't say this show fits everyone's sense of humour, but you will have fun. The X-rated musical has some catchy tunes and a talented cast. But the story is silly and the jokes sometimes pretty juvenile. If you love South Park, you'll dig this. If you don't...maybe not the show for you.

Avatar for nicknickn

Almost believe the hype.

This is a very good show. Great songs, great dance routines, funny jokes. Yes, it is even a bit shocking, but it sets out to shock, which takes away some of the shock value. It is nicely subversive and it has a big heart - it pokes fun at religions in a more gentle way than one might expect. It is wonderfully camp and knowing, it makes fun of its own genre very well. Great value and a thoroughly enjoyable night out. The Prince of Wales is a very pretty theatre, too.

Avatar for wifu

whether you are fan of South Park or not, as long as you have an open sense of humour- you are gonna absolutely LOVE the Book of Mormon. Booked for me and my other half to watch and we were in tears from laughing throughout the show. It definitely exceeded my expectations and all the hype I heard about it. I would definitely watch it again.

Avatar for KirstyAnne87

 So much praise for this smashing show! Fans of the writers will not be disappointed by the honest wit and tremendously funny songs.

So much energy and heart from the cast, really makes you want to jump and dance!

Clearly not one for the kids, this is purely for the adults, and not for one that shocks easily. If you have an open mind  and can appreciate the humour, and make fun of yourself a bit you will love it. And if not, the songs, incredible, the dancing and acting top -of the bill!

Avatar for Corina B

I absolutely loved this musical. It is extremely witty in the way that it's written and portrayed, so it's important to be quick on your feet as a member of the audience. It is funny, and never boring, and even though it does make an attack on modern day religion it is harpy something incredibly tragic or dramatic. It is a must-see. 

Avatar for Nicky G

"That was the best musical I've ever seen", said my sister's friend Jill as the curtain came down. And it really was one of the best musicals I've seen too, if not the actual best. The humour ran right through and at the points when it peaked into South Park-esque 'did they really just say that?!' humour it pulled itself back just enough to pull it off. The cast, set and costumes are flawlessly put together. The delivery was also superb - excellent comic timing and highly energetic. But I think I was most impressed by the musical numbers themselves - these were bona-fide witty, catchy musical songs, fully deserving of a place in the world of Broadway or the West End. Being a classic musical fan myself (Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera, etc) I was sceptical about whether Mormon would deliver - but it did.

Avatar for Ruth J

The best thing I have ever seen on stage in London. Tears literally rolling down your face with laughter, an absolute MUST.

Go see it, then see it again, and again, and again..

Avatar for Josie

Having been completely decided that The Phantom of the Opera was my all time favourite musical, the Book of Mormon came along and changed everything for me.  It is by far one of the most intelligent and hilarious shows on the West End. Even after the show I decided to google the show to discover the creators had done their research with some of the characters and story lines having actually been true. 

I understand the show is pricey but I have now managed to see the show 3 times (in the front row) for less than the price of one full price ticket.  If you want to try your luck as I have, go to the theatre 2 1/2 hours before show time and enter the raffle.  For every show they give away 10 pairs of tickets for £20 each to the lucky winners.  This is best attempted on a week day when there are less people around.  Sometimes they only have one ticket at the end so you can ditch your date, as I once did, and see the show alone.  

Even after seeing this show 3 times, I would still go again.  It is not the most family friendly show and not for those easily offended but if you have enjoyed South Park and other work by the show's creators it is a must see.  

Avatar for Tara P

The Book of Mormon has a fantastic premise, and if the thought of some off-colour jokes doesn't send you running for the hills then you should give it a try.

My expectations were high, but I still really enjoyed it. As a fan of the lion king, I particularly enjoyed how they ripped it to tatters! 

As with most London musicals I don't consider them to be worth the premium prices asked (and I go too frequently to pay them) so if you're looking for a bargain there are a few options:

Book far in advance. We sat in the cheapest possible seats at the time - the boxes in the upper circle (circa £30-40) and they had a good enough view as long as you were willing to lean a little forward or move your chair. They also had the bonus of feeling a little prestigious. 

Mormon has a £20 ticket raffle before every performance and also runs a Twitter competition weekly, so check those possibilities out if you're strapped for cash.

Avatar for Isabelly

I went to Book of Mormon with my dad, who is not only a dad but a self-proclaimed born again Christian (borderline Evangelist) and he absolutely adored the show. The singing, the dancing and controversy were all on point. The only problem is that the theatre does not have nearly enough toilets!

Avatar for Luisa G

Ive seen this twice, and I've just booked tickets to go again next month. It is so so funny, they've got everything about it spot on. I would watch this every week if I could.

Avatar for Adam G

As a huge fan of 'South Park' and 'Team America: World Police', and after hearing the huge amount of hype around the Musical, I was expecting big things from 'The Book Of Mormon. I am over the moon to tell you it completely met (Maybe even exceeded!) my expectations.

From the very beginning it had me laughing out loud. I was very impressed with how Matt Stone and Trey Parker, as well as the cast, managed to carry the over-the-top satire of 'South Park' and "Team America' to the stage.

The songs were hilarious, fans of the creators will not be surprised, but they were also very clever, with real issues being highlighted behind all the slapstick-satire.

It has to be said that this is not for the easily offended. I did see a couple of people walk out after no doubt finding some of the songs too much to cope with. Matt Stone and Trey Parker are known for their no-holds-barred take on comedy, to them every world issue is theirs to make a mockery of, and believe me, they will! However, if you are like me and don't take anything in life too seriously, I seriously recommend going to see 'The Book of Mormon', one of the best musicals I have seen to date.

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Avatar for Ed. T

I'd heard extreme amounts of hype from family members and friends, as well as snippets of some of the songs - so I tried to approach the show with a degree of carefulness, wary about letting it get too hyped up. But it absolutely delivered. 

Absolutely the best musical I have seen in London, and one of the funniest afternoons of my life. I did at one point, literally fall out of my (rather tight) seat! We bought some of the cheapest tickets available but they offered a great view nonetheless, and we saw all of the action and dances.

At one point I thought that the show had gone slightly too far in its humour and was pretty poor taste. It does however, set itself up for a brilliant joke near the end that in my opinion, justifies it! Still, probably not one to bring any more reserved members of the family too. But everyone else? a MUST see show!

Avatar for Sohère R

Hysterically funny, I've ended up seeing it twice this year and I don't see anything twice normally! The cast are superb, the characters well crafted. Not really the sort of show to see with your mum (unless your mum is very open minded!) or if you are easily offended or don't like swearing......the songs are very catchy, the jokes risqué, but if you have a good sense of humour and an open mind and aren't easily offended you'll love it - as I did!

Avatar for Babs - Working Girl London

This is one of those plays that everyone says you 'have to see' - a lot of the time, these things get over hyped but I have to say that Book of Mormon is not one of them. 

I have never laughed so much in a theatre. It is outrageous, hilarious and the songs are actually pretty catchy. 

If you get uncomfortable easily, then you might want to stay away. Unsurprisingly, no religious group, race or sexuality is spared in the relentless fun-making - it's not just the Mormons! My favourite part was exiting the theatre to see a group of (real life) Mormons who had set up a stall for anyone interested in finding out more...I told them they might want to watch the play before deciding that was a good idea ;)

Avatar for Anaelle

I only got there because of the hype. Expected to be disappointed, but oh boy was I wrong.

Got out of the theatre so happy. This show made my day.

Packed with sass, this show draws on Monty Pythonesque, controversial, sharp insights to make you laugh out loud. You come out very amused, a little more clever, and with another outlook on some life’s little moments.

Would watch it again if I win the £20 ticket lottery :)

Avatar for Jenni D

If you've got a filthy sense of humor, a love of musicals and a free evening you HAVE to go and see the Book of Mormon.

Hilarious from start to finish (and not just "hilarious", but "carry tissues to wipe your smudged mascara from laughter caused tears" kind of hilarious) with brilliant songs to boot. It doesn't mater if you're a South Park fan or not - it is true Broadway genius in it's own right. 

And, to make the evening truly perfect, it's being played in one of the most beautiful theatres in town. It's deco lobby and bar are worth a visit regardless of what's playing so make sure you get there early for a drink and a wander. 

Avatar for Scott
Staff Writer

One of the funniest things I have ever seen on stage or screen.

At one point, I almost fell out of my seat laughing. If you're a fan of South Park, you'll totally get everything in this and you'll be in hysterics throughout.

The actors were brilliant and all the songs are hilarious too. If you haven't seen it, buy a ticket now.

Avatar for Danny H

This lived up to the hype, as far as I am concerned. Entertaining, fast-paced and laugh-a -minute, this show had me hooked from the get go. As others have said, you might not want to watch it with your in-laws or your grandparents sat next to you, but it's generally gentle fun, rather than "WTF did he just say" (one or two exceptions).

The film is satirical brilliance throughout, and actually sheds light on Joseph Smith and his now infamous gold plates. Deserves all the accolades it gets, a wonderful, wonderful performance!

Avatar for Paul C
Staff Writer

Not one for the feint of heart but the Book of Mormon is brilliant in its' ridiculousness. There's everything you'd expect from the creators of South Park and if you're not into that sort of thing then I wouldn't advise going. The music is on point and will leave you listening to the soundtrack for weeks...

The theatre is also very good - we were on the back row, right in the corner but still had a perfect view. 

Avatar for Carly-Ann Clements
Staff Writer

Incredibly clever, incredibly funny, incredibly well put together. Absolutely love this show and cannot recommend it enough. Though offensive, it manages to walk a fine line between harrowing and hilariously lighthearted. 

Would help if you have some idea of the Mormon religion as my friends who knew nothing going in thought it was all part of the joke.

Just beware that you'll be singing about religion for weeks after.

Avatar for bowertron

The best show in the West End by far. Laugh out loud funniness that leaves you wanting more. Listen carefully for the sounds of other big musicals which are littered throughout the score. wickedly naughty and likely to offend. Brilliant stuff

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Avatar for Alex R

As people before have written: definitely such a big build up prior to seeing this show and a big price. 

Ive seen plenty of musicals and this was definitely as enjoyable as the rest - lots of laughter and great singing. The songs are definitely a bit less memorable and its missing that little bit of heart that comes with most of the West End, but it makes up for it by covering some important topics with great wit, gusto from the cast and some very memorable lines! I think the African cast far outshone the American mormons!

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