The Book of Mormon the musical relates the story of two missionaries who are sent to northern Uganda. A brutal warlord threatens the people in the village. In spite of local villagers being concerned about AIDS, famine, and poverty, the two naive young men attempt to share their scripture with them.
The writers, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, produced this religious satire, including lyrics and music as well. It reflects the creators' lifelong interest in Mormonism and musicals. This work pokes fun at both organized religion and musical theater.
The show first played on Broadway in March of 2011, after being in development for almost seven years. It has won several awards, among them nine Tony Awards and is highly acclaimed by critics. In May of 2011, it was recorded with a Broadway cast, and became the highest charting such album in four decades. It climbed to number four on the Billboard Charts.
The producer's claim that the show, even though satirical, is an accurate depiction of common Latter Day Saints doctrines and culture. The creators additionally claimed to have researched the teachings of the Latter Day Saints thoroughly before beginning their creation of this work.
It was suggested by New York Times columnist David Brooks that the central theme proposes that religious stories are silly, and that they should not be taken literally. Whether or not many agree with this, it has raised a lot of controversy. Some acclaim its accuracy, and others its inaccurate liberties. Some of the acclaimed errors include information about mission rules and assignments, among other things.
The Book of Mormon the musical has certainly raised questions and interest about religious beliefs, especially Latter Day Saints beliefs. It has also brought about a renewed interest by some in Broadway shows. This may or may not have been what the creators intended, but it is what happened nonetheless.
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