In news that’ll amuse and delight the most ravenous of culture vultures, the famed and acclaimed musical The Book of Mormon is coming to Perth. This means all your favourite hits from ‘Hello’ to ‘Spooky Mormon Hell Dream’ will be dancing across the stage in all the vibrant, tactile glory of a live performance.
Most of us are well aware that The Book of Mormon isn’t like other musicals. First opening on Broadway in 2011, the irreverent stage play came into being when South Park creators, Matt Parker and Trey Stone, joined forces with a co-writer of Avenue Q, Robert Lopez, and took aim at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If you’re unfamiliar with these credentials, this means that The Book of Mormon is effectively a two hour, 35-minute parody of the Mormon faith. If musicals were people this one would wear a leather jacket and chew on a toothpick.
The story follows the bright-eyed Elder Price, fresh out of the missionary training centre and ready to embark on his mission. But his plans to convert the entire planet go hilariously awry when, instead of Orlando, Florida, he is sent to a poverty-stricken village in Uganda with the incompetent Elder Cunningham. Hilarity and culture shock ensues as the unlikely duo set about doing God's work.
We're yet to find out when the Perth leg of the Australian tour starts and we can only assume the show will be gracing the stage of Crown Theatre, but to keep your finger on the pulse you can sign up to their mailing list here.
Expect salty language, adult themes, and fun for the whole family provided that everyone in the family is over 16.
Image credit: The Book Of Mormon