The Book of Mormon is an ‘unconventional and fast-moving musical’

The Book of Mormon is an ‘unconventional and fast-moving musical’

by Henry James (July 2022)

THE musical comedy The Book of Mormon has opened at The Liverpool Empire and can be seen until Saturday, August 13.

It is a satirical look at the beliefs and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The show is written by the creators of South Park, so expect swearing and some wacky scenes. This musical may not be for everyone.

At the start of Act One, we meet Elder Price (Robert Colvin) and Elder Cunningham (Conner Peirson).

Peirson receives plenty of laughs as Cunningham, who is a compulsive liar.

Colvin portrays the confidence of his character, Price, well. Price is hoping to be sent to Florida on a mission, but he and Cunningham are shocked when they are told to go to Uganda. They are a mismatched pairing.

They travel to a village in Uganda, where the villagers are being ruled over by the General. Thomas Vernal was well-cast in this part and dominated the stage.

Mafala Hatimbi (Ewen Cummins) welcomes the missionaries to the village and they meet his daughter, Nabulungi (Aviva Tulley).

Nabulungi is interested in The Book of Mormon and sings of going to live somewhere new in the song, Sal Tlay Ka Siti. Tulley’s excellent singing voice comes through in this song.

The South Park type humour is shown in the scene entitled ‘Baptize Me’, which includes Cunningham and Nabulungi. It went down well with the audience on the night I went.

This is an unconventional, and fast-moving musical, which keeps you entertained from start to finish. 8/10.

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