Book of Mormon is a must-see! A Review

The Book of Mormon Company.  The Book of Mormon.  Credit Joan Marcus, 2015

The Book of Mormon Company. The Book of Mormon. Credit Joan Marcus, 2015

The Book of Mormon is definitely not for the politically correct or faint of heart. It’s obscene, racist, and sacrilegious – and I was often at times seen to be covering my mouth and questioning “did they actually just say that??” That being said, the music, the scenery and the acting was just spectacular in this hilarious touring production of The Book of Mormon brought to Vancouver by Broadway Across Canada. The applause for the Wednesday evening show garnered a standing ovation within seconds of the lights dimming.

I had first seen a few pieces about The Book of Mormon on Broadway.com and the Tony Awards where it notably won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2011. This delightfully offensive and sharp witted musical by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (known for South Park fame) and Robert Lopez (known for Avenue Q) has been sold out to audiences in NYC eight shows a week since then. I had hoped it would do a Vancouver tour – and I waited patiently until now. It definitely met my expectations and then some. I will still get the song “Hello” stuck in my head…. well pretty much every time I say Hello to someone.

While most reviews comment on the shocking nature of the show, there is an actual story within the hilarity. It starts by telling a bit of the history of how the Mormonism religion came to be to where it is in current day, with young men and women venturing out into the world, “Two by Two” to offer service and bring people into their religion via teachings and baptism. The Book of Mormon revolves around a star pupil Elder Price played by Billy Harrington Tighe who gets paired with a boisterous and eager to be friends with anyone who will give him attention Elder Cunningham played by StarKid A.J. Holmes. They are paired and instead of being sent to Elder Price’s ideal destination of Orlando, they are sent to a small village in Uganda, where there are met with famine, poverty and AIDS.

Photo Five. The Book of Mormon Company.  The Book of Mormon.  (c) Joan Marcus 2015

A.J. Holmes does an amazing portrayal of Elder Cunningham. He has amazing comedic timing and strong voice during his vocals. Billy Harrington Tighe is equally as strong in the vocals and was outstanding during the passionate song “I Believe”.

Alexandra Ncube portrays the female lead Nabulungi (or is it Jon Bon Jovi… or Narcolepsy… or Necrophilia… or). She does an impressive job of playing the innocent girl, hopeful for a better life in “Sal Tlay Ka Siti” (Salt Lake City).

The vocals are solid, the comedy is hilarious and the music is amazing. If you can get over the hurdle of the obscenity, The Book of Mormon is a solid 2+ hours of a fun time. Definitely a must-see for everyone old enough to understand this type of non PC humour.

If you want to come see Book of Mormon, there are 5 shows remaining at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. While tickets are far and few between, The Book of Mormon is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour. In Vancouver, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 cash each.  Entries for the lottery will be accepted 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to each performance, with the winners drawn 2 hours before the curtain rises. The lottery will be held on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, located around the corner from the box office.  You can find more information here

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Flashdance – The Musical is coming to Vancouver November 11-16, 2014

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US National Tour Makes ITS VANCOUVER premiere at THE QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE, NOVEMBER 11-16, 2014 

 Tickets go on Sale September 20th at 10:00am!

 FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation, will perform at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, November 11-16, 2014. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, September 20th at 10 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at www.ticketmaster.ca or call toll-free 1-855.985.5000.  Groups of 10 or more are available now at 1.800.889.8457

With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

The original Paramount Pictures film was a worldwide smash hit that became a pop culture phenomenon, grossing over $150 million and featuring a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack. FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL features a score including the hit songs from the movie, all of which became Top Ten hits on the radio around the world, including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the stage with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth.

Brad Rouse, Edgar Godineaux and Natalie Caruncho will recreate award-winner Sergio Trujillo’s (Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Addams Family) direction and choreography.  FLASHDANCE features a book by Robert Cary and Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas).

FLASHDANCE premiered in Pittsburgh, PA on January 3, 2013 and has played over 40 cities across North America. The Atlanta Journal Constitution hailed it “an astonishing musical spectacle,” while Michigan Live dubbed FLASHDANCE “A super-sexy blockbuster!”

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL is produced by NETworks Presentations.

For more information, please visit www.flashdancethemusical.com

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Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 20 at 10 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at www.ticketmaster.ca, or call toll-free 1.855.985.5000.  Groups of 10 or more can access discounts at 1.800.889.8457.  Tickets for FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL vary in range depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase and start at $35.00 plus applicable service fees.

American Express® Cardmembers have access to some of the best seats in the house for all FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL performances. Advance tickets are available through Front Of The Line® by American Express September 15-17.

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL in Vancouver, presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of three city Canadian tour including stops in Calgary (November 18 – 23) and Edmonton (November 25 – 30).

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The Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar is coming to Vancouver on July 12, 2014!

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STARS ALIGN FOR BIGGEST NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR OF JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR COMING TO VANCOUVER, BC AT PEPSI LIVE AT ROGERS ARENA ON SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014

 

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 BRANDON BOYD TO PLAY ‘JUDAS ISCARIOT’, JC CHASEZ AS ‘PONTIUS PILATE’, MICHELLE WILLIAMS AS ‘MARY MAGDALENE’, JOHN ROTTEN LYDON ANNOUNCED AS ‘KING HEROD’ AND INTRODUCING BEN FORSTER IN THE ROLE OF ‘JESUS’

Ticket presales begin Wednesday April 30th

 Tickets On Sale Beginning Friday, May 9th at 10:00am

Vancouver, BC, April 29thJesus Christ Superstar, the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, is reimagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular. The biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock musical is coming to Vancouver, BC at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena on Saturday, July 12, 2014 with an extraordinary cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 9th at 10:00am through www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000, and at the Rogers Arena Ticket Centre. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, April 30th. Tickets range from $45.00to $175.00 with a limited number of Gold Circle seats and VIP Experience packages available. Additional ticket fees may apply.

Brandon Boyd, Grammy® nominated lead vocalist of rock band Incubus, is confirmed for the role of ‘Judas Iscariot’, Grammy® nominated *NSYNC vocalist, JC Chasez, will play ‘Pontius Pilate’, Grammy® Award winner and member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, will take the female lead as ‘Mary Magdalene’, English singer-songwriter and lead singer in Public Image Ltd. (PiL) and Sex Pistols, John Rotten Lydon, will play ‘King Herod’ and introducing British actor and singer, Ben Forster, who won England’s ITV Superstar competition in 2012 and played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, will revive his role as ‘Jesus.’   With over 50 cast and musicians on stage this is one arena show that can’t be missed!

The North American leg comes on the heels of the wildly successful UK and Australian arena tours, which began in the UK in September 2012 and commenced in Australia in May 2013. The Times said “The show gets the right balance between the spectacular, the jokey and the sincere. The performances from the well-choreographed supporting cast are fine throughout. Honestly, it’s enough to give rock opera a good name.” The Evening Chronicle exclaimed, “the extravagance of the production, a flamboyant spectacle of acrobatics, dramatic flames and provocative pole dancing,” and Liverpool Daily Post claimed, “Restored to its rock roots, the star-studded second coming of Jesus Christ Superstar is big, brash and bold…” and the Manchester Evening News stated, “from the very opening strains the pounding music, the huge and sophisticated video backdrops and pulsating energy from a talented ensemble cast make this a true spectacle.”

The Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular North American Tour is presented by S2BN Entertainment and The Really Useful Group.