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Book of Mormon’s Canadian tour hits Calgary: Elder Cunningham heads north

Having won nine Tony awards, including Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction and Best Musical, it is no wonder that the hit musical Book of Mormon performs to a full house. 

Book of Mormon premiered in New York in the spring of 2011, and has been gaining popularity ever since. This is Broadway Across Canada’s second national tour of the show, showed in Calgary Sept. 11 to 16.

The musical follows two young missionaries travelling to Uganda with a vision of spreading the Book of Mormon. Elder Price, played by Kevin Clay, has a life where nothing can go wrong. He is partnered with Elder Cunningham (played by Conner Peirson), an imaginative, socially awkward misfit. 

Hilarity ensues, with the two young men trying their best to fight through everything that Uganda has – and has not – to offer. Ultimately, the musical is trying to teach its audience about love and service. 

What makes this musical so original and comedic is that it was written by the creators of South Park – Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Robert Lopez, who wrote the music for Frozen and for Avenue Q, co-wrote the music, lyrics and script with Parker and Stone. 

Every song is catchy and the choreography is upbeat, with nary a mistake in sight. 

Stone, Parker and Lopez’s collaboration makes for an eye- and ear-catching performance, which pokes fun at the inconsistencies in modern religion. Some viewers may be offended, but every moment is worth the work of the actors and the orchestra. 

The avid theatre-goer or South Park fan can still catch the show while it is in Canada. The tour stops in Edmonton next week, from Sept. 18-23.


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