The enormously positive critical reviews of the show generally mirrored Vogue Magazine when they said that the Book of Mormon is, “the filthiest, most offensive, and—surprise—sweetest thing you’ll see on Broadway this year, and quite possibly the funniest musical ever.” Critics marveled at the show’s ability to take existential questions and harsh realities and address them in upbeat, hilarious, and fun songs and dialog.
The year of its first run, the show received 9 Tony Awards along with 5 other nominations. They also won awards in the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards. It also won accolades for British and Australian productions. Speaking of international shows, a non-English version was performed in 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Within the first nine months of shows, the production had earned back its initial investment of almost $12 million, and as of 2019, the show has garnered over $500 million – one of the top-grossing shows of all time.
Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells starred in the lead roles in the opening production on March 24, 2011, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and lent their voices to the recording which led to the 2012 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
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As confident Elder Price and clueless Elder Cunningham head to Uganda for their own “most important part of a Mormon kids life…his mission” to convert people to their religion, the show quickly smacks the audience in the face with the brutal aspects of rural life in their new home, but always through a boisterous and fun Broadway song.
The show portrays the missionaries and religion in general as over-simplistic and ineffective in addressing real-life problems. However, as Matt Stone, who grew up around many Mormons, said, “[The show is] an atheist’s love letter to religion.” The takeaway at the end of the program leaves viewers with the confidence that, although just about everyone got made fun of, at the end of the day religion and trying to help people really do make people better and can make a difference if you don’t take things too literally.
The Mormon Church humorously took out an ad in the show’s program, promoting the real Book of Mormon, which can change lives, displaying a sense of humor about the unique and potentially tricky attention the show cast on them.
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