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"The Book of Mormon" is a Blockbuster of a Musical!

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“The Book of Mormon” is about two young Mormon missionaries who are about to be assigned to their first territory. Elder Price (Ryan Bondy) is first in the class AND a legend in his own mind. He’s positive he’ll be assigned to his dream city, Orlando. Elder Cunningham (Ben Platt), on the other hand, who is last in the class, is known for making up stories. Much to Elder Price’s horror, he is assigned to Uganda – with Elder Cunningham, who develops a bad case of hero worship for his new ‘best friend.’

After landing in Uganda, their luggage is stolen by the henchmen of an evil warlord, General Butt F**king Ugly (David Aron Damane). The villagers, who have important stuff, like AIDS, poverty and the General’s threats to worry about, throw up their hands and sing, "Hasa Diga Eebowai," a song which enrages many ministers, led by beautiful village girl, Nabulungi (Candace Quarrels) and her father, Mafala Hatimbi (Sterling Jarvis).

Elder Price tries to share the Book of Mormon, but the villagers ignore him. Frustrated, he rejects Elder Cunningham and requests a transfer. He thinks he’s in Orlando, but then realizes he’s having the "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream". Meanwhile, Elder Cunningham, who has never actually read the Book of Mormon, makes up stories about Joseph Smith using some of his favorite geeky science fiction characters – Hobbits, Lt. Uhuru, Yoda, and more.

“The Book of Mormon” has lots of off-color jokes, one liners, pop culture references, and pratfalls. There’s a running joke – every time Elder Cunningham mentions Nabulungi’s name, he uses another “n” word like Neutragena or Naugahide.

If you decide to book tickets for “The Book of Mormon,” be warned, Bank of America Theater has some very BAD seats. My advice, don’t waste your money on a ticket for anything after Row U, it’s impossible to see the entire stage from those seats. If you check the seating chart, they call it ‘obstructed vision.’ That means there’s a pole in front of you! Then, as you’re craning your neck to see around the pole, you will find that you still can’t see the upper half of the stage because the overhang (the Dress Circle) is so low it obstructs your view, too!

“The Book of Mormon” runs through August 14th at the PrivateBank Theatre, 18 West Monroe, Chicago. Running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes, with an intermission. Performances are Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $45-$120. Please note: If you want tickets, get them now. There will be no extensions past August 14th, since “Hamilton” is coming to this theatre in September. Discounted parking (with your ticket) at the InterPark at Adams and Wabash. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.