A good way to ignore something like this, if that's honestly the intent of the
author of this article, would have been not to talk about it or regurgitate the
hype/reviews surrounding it. I heard about this musical initially through LDS
channels--which imo--is only doing free advertising for nonsense. As
for the show itself, I'll wait to see it on the celestial bigscreen come
judgment day, when all things are revealed. I don't have to see every show--and
certainly not this one.
And, as we all know, if they were to do the same to the Koran, Talmud, etc, the
media wouldn't be quite so enthusiastic. I admire that LDS aren't so offended at
mocking, and realize that haters will be haters all the same-if you care or not.
Perhaps this enlightened view that Mormons hold is what so offends everyone and
puts LDS among the minority, perhaps only, PC victim of American bigotry.
Making jokes about child rape is not justifiable on any scale.
I have to disagree with BSU. Doing such crass and rude things to Judaism is
acceptable. There have if anything been even more cruel and crass attacks on
Catholicism, and sadly some members of the Church find such in some twisted way
enjoyable. I am not sure the MMM could avoid speaking about this.
With news papers nation wide reviewing this musical it is the leading mention of
Mormonism in the media right now.
The irreverence of just some of these reviewers is disturbing. Why
it is now just the "ardently devout" and "comedically
challenged" who feel it is wrong to make light of children being raped is
hard to say. True, that may only be a passing joke in the musical, I have not
seen it, but it is a joke in the musical, and sickens me just thinking about it.
In the long run this musical is of little interest. It reflects the prevailing
view towards Mormonism on the part of the self-styled intellectual elite in this
country, it in no way drives this view.For this reason, this musical
is hardly daring at all. It does not take on any issues in a way that would
outrage its audience. If the makers had taken on a religion that is currently
the in-thing and mocked it mercilessly, or tried to be respectful towards a
religion, they would have been truly innovative. In the current
state, they are just going further down a road many others have traveled, which
is not real creativity or innovation at all.
After reading about this on DN, and a 10 year absence from Broadway, I had to go
see this. This musical is brilliant!I have to disagree with those
who say this has a "pro-faith message." The overall message is:
"Sure, we know it is absurd and fictional, but we like the way it makes us
FEEL!"It is an irreverent, musical version of "Yes,
Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" as pertains to Mormonism: the Modern
American Santa Claus story (that does NOT translate well to other cultures)!Andrew Rannells has a set of pipes, and can ham it up with the best of
them (for instance, John Cleese). This performance was far superior to what I
saw him perform in Hairspray when last I caught anything on Broadway. The guy
has talent.I honestly think every Latter-day Saint should go see
this musical. If you really want to understand how you are viewed by "the
world", this is it.
Mr. Williams should refrain from reviewing Broadway shows he has never seen and
has no intention of seeing. I'm sure all the free advertising by him and other
critics who will never see this show is welcome though! The world is full of
things that are offensive to one group or another. Some people or groups can't
even laugh at themselves and plainly take themselves way to seriously! Such is
I won't be seeing it. Why pay to drink from the gutter, when the pure fountain
flows free? It's the book that offers the real deal.1
Nephi 11:25: The iron rod, the word of God, leads to the fountain of living
waters or the tree of life, representing the love of God. Alma
5:34: "Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life .
. . ye shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely."2 Nephi 9:50-51: "Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come
ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy
wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore, do not spend money for
that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy . . .
come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not,
neither can be corrupted . . . (see also Isaiah 55:1-2)3 Nephi
20:4-9 Christ prepares the feast.Moroni 4 & 5 The promise.D&C 20:5-15: The very last supper. Everyone's invited!hthalljr'gmail'com
This so called "review" is disturbing for many reasons not the least
of which is that he is reviewing something he has not seen. The picture of the
author suggests he is an adult or at least in the body of an adult and I'm
guessing is old enough to see "R" rated shows. There was a two page ad
in the Sunday New York Times advertising this musical and it is a BIG hit on
Broadway,like it or not,it is here to stay and I'm sure will come to Utah. His
writers bio says that he has scholarly interests about Mormon portrayals in the
media so now you have what might be one of the biggest portrayals to come along
and he chooses to stick his head in the sand. You have two prominent Mormons who
may run for President fighting an uphill image war and here is this gift
perfectly timed to have this conversation. I see an opportunity here to broaden
an appeal and show that the church is not monolithic,the irony is that it makes
the reviewer look like a member of some cultural elite.