My husband and I were invited to attend the official opening night performance of “The Book of Mormon.” According to The New York Times, it’s “the best musical of this century.”
Among the VIPs spotted in the audience were Boston Mayor Marty Walsh; his Chief of Policy, Joyce Linehan; Frank Avruch and his lovely wife Betty; Harvard’s Robert Mitchell; former social columnist and renowned Boston PR practitioner, the incredibly beautiful Caron Le Brun; and our favorite theater critic, R.J. Donovan, who gave the performance 8 stars out of ten.
Back by popular demand, “The Book of Mormon,” (which played two record breaking engagements in Boston in 2013 and 2014), has arrived at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre for a limited engagement through October 11. “The Book of Mormon” is part of the 2015-2016 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season.
Cast members include the stars David Larsen, Cody Jamison Strand and Candace Quarrels, along with a group of very talented supporting actors and actresses.
“The Book of Mormon” currently holds the record for the largest weekly gross in history at the Boston Opera House, where it played last year. National tours of the musical have broken 80 house records in 43 venues across the country. At Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, “The Book of Mormon” has broken the house record 49 times.
The musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, “Avenue Q.” The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.
“The Book of Mormon” is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Featured Actress, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design and Best Orchestrations; the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
As their website notes, “The Book of Mormon” contains explicit language. In our opinion, it’s definitely not appropriate for children. Among the reviews, words like “blasphemous songs,” “satire,” “double entendres” and “F-bombs” appear.
However, all the reviews we read were positive and one of the writers, Robert “Bobby” Lopez, is quoted as saying, “… It’s all in good fun. If you see the show, you know we’re not trying to take anybody down.” The opening night audience gave it a standing ovation.
The Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre is located at 106 Boylston Street in Boston. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, or by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com.