The Book of Mormon Reviews
Beth from London,
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.
I saw this on broadway with the opening cast and it was fantastic so couldn't wait for it to hit the west end. The lead characters were amazing and as good as the original cast. The ensemble were fantastic and I couldn't criticise any of it. Is it rude? Yes. Is it offensive absolutly not. Infact the story line is so clever and fills you with hope and endearment, the music was expertly written and the dancing was slick, clever and totally entertaining. If you are a fan of musicals this is a MUST see.
Sara from Gloucestershire, UK
I COULDN'T FAULT IT
I saw this last night and thought it was excellent from the word go. Thankyou so much to every single member of the cast. I really enjoyed watching all of you because you all have your own personalities and passion and you believe in it totally. You've really inspired me. My only comment would be that the £75 price tag means it's quite inaccessible to most people although it's been years since I went to the West End and maybe that is the price now (?) I recommend this show and I'm not a fan of musicals. If you want something edgy and different and the thrill of seeing incredible talent then you will have a really good time :-)
Theatrelover from London,
NOT YOUR MOTHER'S MUSICAL BUT OH, SO MUCH FUN!
I saw the Book of Mormon with a friend and what can I say, we laughed from start to finish. Sometimes it was that slightly awkward laughter, sometimes the "Oh my gosh, did they just say that?" laughter and other times the belly-filled laughter from songs and scenes that are just plain hilarious. It's rude and offensive and probably something you wouldn't watch with you folks, but its the most fun I've had in a theatre in a looong time!
Jane from London,
Hilarious show, loved every minute.
Sue from Wales
WEAR YOUR WATERPROOF MASCARA
Clever, funny and brilliantly performed. Best show I've seen for years. Laughed so much I looked like a demented panda at the end of the evening, or so my romantic husband told me.
Jimbo from London
DEFINITELY WORTH A TRIP TO THE PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE
Shocking, funny and a bit twisted but very entertaining - well worth seeing!
Laetitia from London, England
EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE BUT NOT FUNNY.
Not only humans has managed to crucified Jesus Christ but now they are laughing at him.Even if he wasn't God Jesus Christ was the most beautiful man who had ever walked on this EARTH. This play is an excellent reflection of this miserable,empty,disrespectful,stupid,without any Morality at all.....of the modern world. I wasn't expecting much from the guy who wrote the South Park which i already found vulgar,violent and disturbing. I went because my friend wanted to watch it. Played with my game before it ends. Apart the story being vile,the actors were great dancers and singers. Beautiful lighting and decorating.
Michael R from Shropshire
Unnecessary and unfunny blasphemy and crudity. Good performances by the cast. Some good songs but some were just loud and noisy, with little tune. Very overrated musical.
John Davidson from London, England
DISAPPOINTING AND FORGETTABLE
The Book of Mormon was the hottest ticket in town for a while. I'm really not sure why. The tunes are bland and the humour is frequently infantile. I was expecting something clever and transgressive but instead was treated to some fairly obvious stereotypes and profanity rather than a witty, edgy satire . I've no problem with having a giggle at Mormon beliefs as a heightened reality examination of all faiths, but this is no Life of Brian . Instead this is another white saviour story where poor ,Aids riddled Africans , living in squallor and threatened by a local warlord are encouraged to believe in themselves when the American ugly duckling missionary makes up a bunch of stupid stories . Some of the jokes land. Religion isn't about the details, it's about broad messages of hope and kindness . But it's heart isn't really in the right place. Where life of Brian showed us the absurdity of faith and left us singing "always look on the bright side". Book of Mormon offers us a cycle of diminishing returns where each new religion is dafter than the last. But with an inane smile and jazz hands .
Ella ET from London, England
THE RACIST AND STEREOTYPICAL PORTRAYAL OF AFRICANS ARE HARMFUL AND DISAPPOINTING. IT HAS NO ON STAGE PLACE IN 2022.
The depiction of Ugandans as AIDS infested people living in mud huts who carry around their AIDS infested babies, whose women have all been subject to FGM is an incredibly harmful stereotype that simply isn’t funny. This isn’t a matter of being “too woke” it’s a matter of changing a disgusting image of Africa that has been perpetuated by white people for centuries. It is this exact mentality that emboldened Darwin to declare that Africans were “savage progenitors”, giving power to theory that Africa was a “dark” continent filled with barbarians who ought to be tamed. So seeing such a rich and vibrant country like Uganda being relegated to huts where wild animals roam free, with unintelligent people where warlords with absurd names like ‘General Butt Fucking Naked’ go around performing Female Genital Mutilation is quite simply racist. Africa is not a continent where people go around carrying chickens, Africans are not imbeciles and this depiction of them in the Book of Morman is not only factually wrong and offensive it simply isn’t satirical. The Book of Mormon producers and screenwriters worked so hard to get the facts about LDS right but failed woefully or couldn’t be bothered to do the same for Uganda. There are many other aspects of Uganda, it’s politics and culture that the writers could have written about that wouldn’t be incredibly racist and inflammatory. In summary, I’m not telling you not to watch the show, but if you do, be aware of how harmful and debilitating such depictions of Africa and Africans can be.
Dick P from London, England
THE SAD BOOK OF MORMON
This was a very racist and outdated show, that shouldn't be on the stage, especially in a mutli-cultural place like London. The jokes old and reminiscent of less-tolerant times. Maybe on a small cable channel it might work. I felt embarrassed to be a white person watching something so undeniably racist and colonial. A great waste of £55 for each ticket that I stupidly bought. Don't waste your money!!!!! Musical theatre at its very worst.
Joe Hinton from London, England
TEDIOUS AND COMPLETELY OVERRATED
Went to see this show on the back of recommendations from friends. We were eagerly anticipating a funny satirical show. So very disappointing, one or two funny moments but overall it felt like a two minute Monty Python sketch stretched over two hours. The only time at a west end show I wanted to leave during the interval. Many Americans in the audience seemed to love it but several people we spoke to were as disappointed as we were. Can’t fault the cast, all good performances but the material was woeful.
Daniela from Liverpool,
AWFUL AND BORING.
Offensive, with racist and distasteful stereotypes used throughout. For example, it’s weaponisation of the AIDS crisis and female genital mutilation, to name a few.
A complete waste of time and money. We considered leaving at the interval but thought it must improve so stayed to the end. It didn't improve and was just not funny at all despite all those around us laughing loudly at crude and racist jokes. I wish I had read some of the bad reviews before purchasing tickets. The good reviews bear no resemblance to our experience of this show. Describing it as a comedy musical is laughable.
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