Mormon Media Observer: Mormon Media Observer: 'The Book of Mormon' musical review roundup and the Mormon Media Observer's take

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  • misturafina Castle Valley, UT
    April 3, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    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.

  • Tracy Hall Jr Provo Canyon, Utah
    March 31, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    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!


  • Joggle Clearfield, UT
    March 31, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    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 life!

  • The Vanka Provo, UT
    March 30, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    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.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 28, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    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.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 28, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    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.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 28, 2011 1:24 p.m.

    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.

  • BSU Lehi, UT
    March 28, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    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.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    March 28, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    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.