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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 51



2.0 star rating Charlie from Richmond, Virginia


I was very much looking forward to seeing this show and laughed with glee for the first few songs. My heart sank when I heard the characters were heading to Africa for their mission. Once the characters arrived in Africa I felt the show stopped being a parody of Mormonism and was instead became a thinly veiled mockery of Africans. The play generalized an entire continent and reinforced sad, unfair generalizations about the most impoverished of rural African tribes. Why not set this show in Utah or follow the Elders’ misadventures across America? I felt uncomfortable as the mostly white audience laughed with glee over un-funny racist tropes about Africa. What is funny about the very real AIDS epidemic, female genital mutilation or portraying Africans as dumb, two-dimensional puppets who need ‘saving’ by white men? I can not recommend this play and while I found the jabs at Mormonism funny and smart, I really couldn’t stand that they had to use Africa as a scapegoat for the message.

5.0 star rating Marlene from Baltimore, Maryland


I’m a theater geek and had the soundtrack memorized but SEEING it brought it to a whole other level! The characters and visuals are hilarious! The whole audience laughed every second including my grumpy teenage daughter! During intermission everyone was full of smiles and we left with a high that I’ve never experienced after a show before! The show is the whole package, so creative and funny and the music is so good!

1.0 star rating Joel from Providence, Rhode Island


I literally did not laugh once during this show. Most of the people around me didn't laugh either. It's not that I'm easily offended; I'm not. In fact I thought the show would be a lot more offensive. And it's not that I don't appreciate comedy-- I love good humor. But the comedy in this show was just stupid. You really have to be really, easily amused to find this to be a laugh out loud show. And there was only one good piece of music, which was the "I Believe" song-- which you can probably watch for free on YouTube, so I would save your money and do that. We go to lots of shows at PPAC, and this was the most boring one.

1.0 star rating Dianne from Providence, Rhode Island


Worst ever show. I could not believe the profanity. I was disgusted with the language and actions. We found no humor to this play. Never would recommend this to anyone.

5.0 star rating Paul gawron from Buffalo, New York


It was our first time seeing Book of Mormon and was a great show from beginning to end....lots of people laughing and enjoying it and others who are too serious they should have stayed home and cuddled with their pillow!

4.0 star rating Anonymous from Schenectady, New York


The acting, singing and dancing were superb! However, the storyline uses some crude, risque humor, and the F word is used throughout. This could be offensive to many people. At some points I felt the storyline dragged abit, but the actors certainly gave it their all. The main characters received a standing O at the end. I saw two young boys in the crowd as we were leaving. I don't think it is appropriate for younger kids. I'd say this is "R" rated. There were two older ladies sitting behind us, and I did NOT hear them laughing at all. So, for me, it was disappointing. I had no idea that crude humor and bad language would be so prevalent.

1.0 star rating GMN from Schenectady, New York


It is vulgar and offensive. How can anyone find the raping of babies and young people to be funny. Someone next to me asked why I wasn't laughing and I asked how can you be laughing at this subject matter. I walked out. I found it disheartening that the audience was clapping and laughing instead of booing and walking out.

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HILARIOUS Ingenius unmissable

One of the best musicals I have EVER seen!

If heaven promises to "have it all", then The Book of Mormon is paradise on Broadway - populated with the naughty and nice. After all, this provocative production has been running since 2011 - making it one of New York's top attractions!

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