The Book of Mormon Comes to Pittsburgh
The Book of Mormon brings you a show with no chaser; and from September 23rd – October 5th, Pittsburghers (and out-of-town die-hards) will get the chance to swallow it straight at Heinz Hall. In this musical satire, two young Mormon missionaries get sent to a secluded warlord-controlled village in northern Uganda. One of the missionaries, Elder Arnold Cunningham, had once hoped to proselytize in Florida. In their new assignment, the missionaries employ a chipper attitude and optimistically try to share the Book of Mormon-which only one of the missionaries has read- to the locals who are more concerned with war, famine, poverty, and AIDS. This Tony award-winning musical explores the theme of faith and good intentions vs. reality humorously- backed by a highly acclaimed musical soundtrack.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who also created the popular Comedy Central animated show South Park, collaborated with co-composer/co-lyricist of Avenue Q, Robert Lopez, for this musical. Stone describes The Book of Mormon as “an atheist’s love letter to religion.” The show has the usual plucky sound and performance of a typical American musical, but twists that up into its own quirky production.
If you’re looking to get an accurate account of Mormonism or to have a bubblegum musical experience, this show might not work for you. Expect the performance to playfully dance on the line of critique and irreverence, and to encourage you to laugh and think more for it. Also: unless you don’t mind letting the kids watch explicit content, you probably don’t want to bring them along. Kids under the age of four aren’t permitted so call your babysitter in advance.
For this show, you’ll definitely want to get your tickets ASAP. Purchase them here. The price ranges from $40 to $150 with a purchase limit of nine. Students can get discounted tickets. Evening shows Tuesday through Thursday begin at 7:30pm, 8:00pm Friday and Saturday, and 6:30pm on Sunday. Saturday also has a 2pm matinee and Sunday holds one at 1pm. Whatever time you choose, make sure you take advantage while it’s in town!
Photo Credit: The Book of Mormon