Musical Review: “The Book of Mormon” is lively at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre

Book of Mormon RYAN BONDY (ELDER PRICE) CODY JAMISON STRAND (ELDER CUNNINGHAM) CANDACE QUARRELS (NABULUNGI)

DETROIT — “The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards, opened at the Fisher Theatre on November 1 and runs through November 13th.  Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone from “South Park” and co-writer Robert Lopez, you know its going to be crusty at the edges.

The musical began with several young missionaries learning the book of Mormon from the Church of Latter Day Saints at the Missionary Training School.  The day of graduation came along and the elders are paired up as they announce where in the world each pair of buddies are going to spread the word and recruit new members.

Elder Price (Gabe Gibbs) is paired with Elder Cunnimgham (Cody Jamison Strand).  They are assigned to Uganda.  The villagers and their warlord are very suspicious and yet curious of there arrival.  The clash of cultures brings uncertainty, vulgarity and insulting songs and dialogue.

“The Book of Mormon” is choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.  It is the liveliest show I’ve ever seen.  The show’s energy rendered a standing ovation at the end.  The musical had a 20-minute intermission between the two acts.

Performance times at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd, in Detroit are: Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.;  Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.; Monday Nov. 7 performance at 8 p.m.; and Special open captioned performance on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.; No performance on Tuesday, Nov. 8 due to election day.

Ticket prices start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and are now on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Book of Mormon RYAN BONDY (ELDER PRICE) CODY JAMISON STRAND (ELDER CUNNINGHAM) CANDACE QUARRELS (NABULUNGI)
“Book of Mormon” RYAN BONDY (ELDER PRICE) CODY JAMISON STRAND (ELDER CUNNINGHAM) CANDACE QUARRELS (NABULUNGI) Photo (c) Joan Marcus 2016

 

“Book of Mormon” RYAN BONDY (ELDER PRICE) CODY JAMISON STRAND (ELDER CUNNINGHAM) CANDACE QUARRELS (NABULUNGI) Photo (c) Joan Marcus 2016

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