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Prince of Wales Theatre

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The Book Of Mormon

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Show Details

Preview 25th Feb 13
Opens 21st Mar 13
Booking to 24th Jun 17

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Weds & Sat 2.30 pm
   
Length of show - 2hr 30mins

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Cast

  • KJ Hippensteel - Elder Price
  • Brian Sears - Elder Cunningham
  • Stephen Ashfield - Elder McKinley
  • Richard Lloyd-King - Mafala Hatimbi
  • Asmeret Ghebremichael - Nabulungi
  • Delroy Atkinson
  • Dean Maynard
  • Kelly Agbowu
  • Philip Catchpole
  • Christopher Copeland
  • Brendan Cull
  • Joseph Davenport
  • Jonathan Dudley
  • Harry Francis
  • Lydia Fraser
  • Tyrone Huntley
  • Reece Kerridge
  • Alex Lodge
  • Joshua Lovell
  • Tania Mathurin
  • David McMullan
  • Brianna Ogunbawo
  • Oliver Ormson
  • Sean Parkins
  • David O'Reilly
  • Stephen Rolley
  • Jacade Simpson
  • Rhys Taylor
  • Kayi Ushe
  • Ellena Vincent
  • Rodney Vubya
  • T'Shan Williams

  • Director - Casey Nicholaw & Trey Parker
  • Design - Scott Pask
  • Book, Music & Lyrics - Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone
  • Lighting - Brian MacDevitt
  • Choreography - Casey Nicholaw
  • Costume - Ann Roth
  • Sound - Brian Ronan
  • Orchestration - Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus
  • Producer - Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin & Sonia Friedman Productions



BAXTER'S THEATRELAND BY NIGHT
A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.


A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Baxter

 

THE POTTYMOUTH DOLLAR

Well this show certainly is a 'nice little earner'. The voluminous skirts of near Victorian suppression have fallen over America in a wave of Political Correctness in a land where you can be sued for calling somebody 'fat'. The Book of Mormon is an inevitable backlash - the joyous yells of little kids from under the blanket when some fresh air relieves the suffocation of expression of natural emotions.

Mormon - Warlord

Little children love talking about shit and piss (apologies S**T and P**S) as soon as they observe that the words are loaded and grownups say "poopoo and peepee' instead. The backlash – upon us now – is to pour bucket loads of insult and profanity on anything beautiful, holy, sacred, or inspiring to humans - anything at all.

There are provisos. You have to wrap it in 'humour' or, in the case of the music business - resentment against the monolithic unthinking establishment who feed from taxing human earnings and seizing their resources.

The Book of Mormon is a blatant strategy to feed from the desire to shout 'ENOUGH'. Parker & Stone, the creators have been doing it for many years with South Park approaching its 17th season. It's now the establishments' pet pressure outlet valve.....an institution in itself. established as a self parodying cult. The waxworks halls of fame must be scratching their bottoms as well as their heads.

FOLLOW THE MONEY
Book of Mormon (Parker & Stone)Parker & Stone who want to earn more than their current many millions have turned to Broadway and London's West end to follow the lead of Robert Lopez (writer of Avenue Q) -where blatant and familiar witless sexual innuendo was received very well to the surprise of the adults in charge. It slipped under the wire of propriety discreetly hidden behind the facade of crude puppets - (ie humour so-called).

Pottymouth cursing makes pots of money with less investment than having to buy in real skill. Parker & Stone having laboured for many years with season after season teamed up with Lopez to take EVERYTHING out of any conceivable closet and stuff it into another two dimensional cubicle called many things - summarised by the expression pottymouth. What other sort of mouth could chit chat about raping babies and genital mutilation?

Even if they wanted to get off the endless circular reference to body parts and bad habits, they are forever in the limelight of breaking through the PC barriers to freedom of thought and speech. Who would have known that the wretched American race was so desperate to hear about racism, gayism, social prejudice, taboos and obscene perversio that they would become near hysterical to see it parodied and sung out live ON STAGE!

There is definitely money in them hills.

Why the stage? Is it because live performances are far more powerful than screens? No it can't be that because the dancing is so cheesy it's an old brie. The dancing itself, said to be a parody, is a successful dig at hollywood musicals in general.

Mormon Dance

So how did Lopez, Parker & Stone get under the wire with a hit musical that cites the longest list ever of sub human degradation gags? Well spending $millions on many PR firms, engaged to hype it up, must have helped. but that is not the reason it gets people ovating. Homosexuality, bestiality, disease and torture have been the butt of gags for decades already so it's nothing new.

Was it great music? Many cloth eared critics have ventured that as one reason for the hysteria, but that can't be it. People who should know better are saying the "ground and blended to suit all tastes" derivative music is good when it' lacks ... well music actually. The winning aspect is that it is familiar enough to resemble many old songs. You could hear more real music from the CD bin in a charity shop....yet It gets people announcing that they have seen it AGAIN several times for pleasure!

Are the old chestnuts they are roasting funny? No. Upon examination It's not even PC to find it comical to be anally obsessed - though it can feel quite nice to more people than care to admit it.

SO WHAT IS THE COUP?
Usually when something is massively successful it is because it is 'GOOD enough at something (if only evoking nostalgia) to get sufficient agreement that it is good. That much attendance must be because of SOMETHING. I think Michael Billington has whisked away the curtain that hides this wizard (of Oz).

Michael Billington's review - a veritable damnation of faint praise - is quite the card.

"For all its rude words, this is essentially a safe, conservative show for middle America".

so now we have a clue - it's the MESSAGE underlying the hyperbole. The story had a happy ending. The Mormons, the apparent objects of derision win out in the end to avert disaster in the heathen jungle - by believing desperately - through thick and thin - in human core values and in God. Indeed the Mormons themselves appear to love the show- Mormon church have paid for three full-page ads in the programme. These guys ain't dumb.

To quote Billington again

"It then endorses the idea that humans have a built-in bias towards belief" - (whatever that might be - that can take your mind off blood drinking and maggots in your scrotum). This is a classic English understatement.

Book of MormonSo whatever pressure the government and the people are putting on each other in the USA and the UK there is a MESSAGE that speaks out loud and clear. Real humans are capable of rising above hell. The enthusiastic reaction to this show proves it.

So don't worry about the ticket rarity hype - you can go along if you want an evening of scatological gay bashing - racism and the horse they rode in on. And don't worry about the oft bashed gays - they love it. Don't worry about the Mormons. Why would they oppose such a message? They are the last sect of Christians to have a holier than thou cow. Even the 'West End Whingers' said it was "right up our Cadbury Alley and Bourneville Boulevard".

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