Award winning Broadway musical-comedy The Book of Mormon comes to San Francisco for a five week engagement starting November 2012 at the SHN Curran Theater.
Conceived by South Park creators Trey Parker, Matt Stone and co-accomplice Robert Lopez, the song-and-dance religious satire tells the story of two young Mormom missionaries sent to a remote village in Uganda to proselytize the natives. The unimpressed villagers reject the sacred text of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints penned by Joseph Smith; they do not see the utility of Mormonism or how these interlopers can possibly assist them with a host of everyday problems—the most pressing being the threat of attack by a neighboring warlord.
While Parker and Stone are well-known for their bawdy humor and take glee in offensive jokes, the duo also possess a knack for exposing untruths in a way that doesn’t seem preachy. The clever legerdemain they perform in The Book of Mormon—a shtick common to both South Park and their 2004 film Team America: World Police—has not gone unnoticed by critics. Many have praised the musical-comedy for its incisive wit and dismantling of religious dogma and Western generalizations about Africa through kitschy showtunes that are blasphemous but educational.
Perhaps not by accident, the Tony-Award winning musical premieres in San Francisco at the height of the 2012 election season—expected to be a showdown between Mormon Republican candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama. Information regarding tickets for show performances is available at +1 888.746.1799 or at shnsf.com
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