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The Book of Mormon Stops in KC Music Hall

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The Kansas City Music Hall has a rich history of prestigious musicals from Broadway stopping by on their tours through the country. In fact, this February, Phantom of the Opera, considered by many to be one of the greatest musicals of all time is coming to the music hall, but before such a high-class, sophisticated musical can make its way downtown, the stage has to be cleared with a barrage of f-bombs.

The Book of Mormon opened in KC Music Hall on the night of the sixth to a divided audience. On one side, there were the audience members who had no idea what the musical was about and what it was like. These were the watchers that got free tickets, decided to give a musical a try, or went on a date with a fan of the show. Then, there was the side of the audience that knew exactly what they were walking into. Maybe it doesn’t sound like too big of a deal to know a musical before you go into it, but for The Book of Mormon, it might be a subject to research.

The Book of Mormon, despite boasting nine Tony awards including Best Musical, is considered to be the raunchiest musical of all time. Created by the creators of South Park, one of the major joys of the musical is to just see how dirty it can get, and boy oh boy can it get dirty.

The first few songs seem innocent enough, but then by the fourth song, it gets real. The song is titled Hasa Diga Ebowei. Look it up on Google Translate. Go ahead, this’ll be here when you get back. The dirtiness of the show is an absolute joy and just makes the show that much funnier, but the real kick comes from one of the lead characters by the name of Elder Cunningham. Originally played by Josh Gad, the role was passed to Cody Jamison Strand. Strand was able to somehow act childish and dirty at the same time with a temperament that reminded one of a mix between Jack Black and the an eighth grade pathological liar. At least 80% of the laughs came solely from Elder Cunningham’s hijinks and stupidity.

The lead character of Elder Price, played by Gabe Gibbs, had such an energy about him and really nailed his big songs. From But Mostly Me to I Believe, Gabe Gibbs belted out a rousing rendition that just gave the audience chills.

Even the minor characters like a general with a gross name, or the Mormon missionary in the closet, and the Elder and the native sensually singing about Baptism just tore apart the theater with laughter. But the overall message of the musical was oddly pure compared to the dirty musical. It told of belief and how you should stand up for what you believe in even if it sounds crazy. Every part of it just intertwined perfectly and really made one feel lucky to live near a music hall. A high recommendation goes to The Book of Mormon, but maybe think twice about bringing the kids along.

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