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‘Book of Mormon’ continues to bring the laughs

The company of “The Book of Mormon.” (Courtesy of Julieta Cervantes)


“The Book of Mormon” is comedy at its best.

Years after its Broadway debut, this musical is standing the test of time.

In fact, it resonates more with the audience.

Of course, there are the laughs that Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone intentionally put into the script.

This being my third time seeing the Tony Award-winning musical, there’s a sense of good will.

In today’s world, we need just a little bit more of that.

“The Book of Mormon” national tour dazzled the crowd at Popejoy Hall on Wednesday.

It continues Thursday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, Feb. 9.

“The Book of Mormon” tells the story of two young missionaries — Elder Price and Elder Cunningham — sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a warlord is threatening the local population.

The duo — who must remain together at all times because it’s one of the rules — are trying to share the “Book of Mormon” with the locals, but nothing is happening.

The village is too worried about every day problems such as war, poverty, Aids and famine.

It opened on Broadway in March 2011, after nearly seven years of development.

The show received nine Tony Awards, one of which was for Best Musical, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The original Broadway cast recording became the highest-charting Broadway cast album in over four decades, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard charts.

In 2013, the musical premiered in London’s West End, followed by two U.S. national tours. “The Book of Mormon” has grossed over $500 million.

Elder Price is played by Liam Tobin and Elder Cunningham is played by Jordan Matthew Brown.

The two actors are perfectly cast in these roles. Seeing the dynamic between the two during various scenes, the chemistry was strong.

Each actor held their own, which is another nod to their greatness in these roles.

Each time Tobin and Brown were on stage, they simply commanded it.

Through funny lines and physical comedy, their strength as performers was magnified.

While the focus was on both Tobin and Brown, one couldn’t get away without praising the ensemble cast.

Each person is an important cog in this well-oiled machine.

Jacques C. Smith plays Mafala Hatimbi, who lives in Africa and welcomes Elder Price and Elder Cunningham into the village.

Hatimbi is also the father of Nabulungi, played by Stoney B. Mootoo, who has sparked interest from one of the elders.

Smith brought out the protector and leader in Mafala, which brings us back to the endearing feeling.

Mootoo’s Nabulungi is full of hope.

“The Book of Mormon” is full of witty dialogue and the lyrics are chock-full of laughs.

Nearly a decade after opening, this is one musical that doesn’t quit. You go in knowing your going to laugh — and it doesn’t disappoint.


‘The Book of Mormon’
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 through Friday, Feb. 7; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9
WHERE: Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico
HOW MUCH: $53-$153, plus fees, at, 925-5858 or visit UNM Ticketing Services, in the UNM Bookstore or at 800 Bradbury SE

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