Review | THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour at Music Hall Review | THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour at Music Hall
Take someone who has never seen a musical, and I think you might convert them to the dark side. Review | THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour at Music Hall

Pictured: The Book of Mormon Company. Photo by Julieta Cervantes

By Megan Greenlee

Frogs, Star Trek, and laughs, oh my! Welcome to the magical world of THE BOOK OF MORMON, where you will laugh out loud at the non-stop jokes and have your heartstrings pulled as your favorite player searches for their purpose. THE BOOK OF MORMON is running December 26th-30th at the Music Hall in downtown Kansas City, and it is not to be missed. Due to the PG-13 content, I wouldn’t recommend children seeing it, but it’s a fun date night for you and your other. 

The story is about two Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, who have been assigned to Africa for their two-year mission. Elder Price longs to be based in Orlando. Elder Cunningham just wants a friend. Thus ensues a frolicking, disturbing and hilarious realization that Africa is not all sunshine and unicorns. Elder Price has a breakdown and wants to go home, and Elder Cunningham gets to use his often overzealous imagination. When all is revealed, the message is clear: sometimes the person you least expect to do something awesome does something “Miraculous.”

Liam Tobin as Elder Price has a clear-cut stellar voice and his comedic timing is perfect. Kayla Pecchioni as Nabulungi sings with heart and soul as the character seeks for a better life. Andy Huntington Jones is hilarious as Elder McKinley, the mission leader in Africa. His ability to make you uncontrollably giggle as he tries to “Turn it off,” but not really, is exceptional. But my favorite character is Elder Cunningham, played spectacularly by Connor Pierson. His exuberance is infectious as he holds the audience in the palm of his hand with ease and heart. I think every person there wanted to be his friend by the end of the show. Finally, a big shout out to the ensemble, who are altogether impressive as they lay out jokes like it is second nature, tap dance in the dark and keep their energy up creating magic for the massive audience.

The tour has impressive set pieces that move with the ease of water (thanks to the ensemble moving like ghosts). Everything from the temple-like stained glass frame for the show to the hilarious look for the Hell scene is effortlessly delivered. Needless to say, go see this show. Take someone who has never seen a musical, and I think you might convert them to the dark side.

Megan Greenlee

Megan Greenlee is a local artist-actress, playwright, stage Manager-you name it. Mostly recently she has been working with The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City. Among her busy life she just started creating and founding her own little theatre company which will hopefully come to fruition early next year.

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