Chapter and verse

Preaching to the converted: the cast of The Book of Mormon, which opens at the
Prince of Wales Theatre on 25th February.

Chapter and verse Multi-award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon is to open at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25th February until 1st June – bringing an irreverent slice of satire to the West End.

The show, by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, is an edgy and sometimes outrageous musical satire that takes shots at everything from organised religion to consumerism, the economy and musical theatre itself.

The plot sees two young Mormon missionaries sent to a small town in Uganda to bring news of the Latter Day Saints. Once there, they are shocked at the cultural differences, as a War Lord threatens the local villages. The pair try to share the scriptures, although only one of them knows it well enough. Famine, poverty and AIDS threaten the town, and the duo must battle their own beliefs in order to make a change.

Lopez is no stranger to controversial musicals. In 2003, he co-wrote the score and lyrics for puppet musical Avenue Q, which shocked audiences and critics alike. Parker and Stone, meanwhile, courted controversy with their Oscar-nominated song Blame Canada from the 1999 animated film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

The cast will include Gavin Creel, who picked up Tony Award nominations for Hair and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Broadway regular Jarden Gertner as the intrepid duo. To date, The Book of Mormon has won nine Tony Awards, including ‘Best Musical’ and ‘Best Original Score’, and a Grammy Award for ‘Best Musical Theatre Album’.

The Book of Mormon runs from 25th February to 1st June at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For further information, see this month’s listings.