The Book of Mormon at Pantages TheaterHailed as one of the funniest Broadway productions as of late, The Book of Mormon has been garnering attention for its musical-comedy style that addresses popular 21st century issues. Though often times blasphemous and foul-mouthed, this nine-time Tony Award-winning production follows two mismatched Mormon boys on a mission to Uganda.
Plagued by AIDS, famine, poverty, and war, the remote village is just about as far away as the two boys can get from their home of Salt Lake City. As they try to share their beloved book with nonbelievers, the naivety and optimism of the two missionaries shines through from their inability to connect with locals. Too busy dealing with global epidemics, the Ugandans end up teaching just as much as the boys do during the duo's journey.
Co-created by Trey Park and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon follows in comedy suit of the duo's still-running animated sitcom, South Park. The musical numbers blend the teachings of the Mormon Church into clever musical-style parodies, featuring numbers like "I Believe" and "Tomorrow Is a Latter Day." As such, it's no surprise that the musical managed to garner the attention of the Grammys, ultimately winning Best Musical Theater Album in 2011.
The two-and-a-half-hour productions are held throughout the week (sans Monday) at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, beginning this January. Tickets start at just $35 for mezzanine seating and then $70 for orchestra seating. Guests can purchase tickets through the theatre's box office on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, online via Ticketmaster, or by calling ahead.