SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – It was a pretty quiet scene tonight at the Capitol Theatre but soon they could be seeing hundred of people lining up to see Salt Lake City’s first ever production of the 9 time Tony Award winning Broadway musical ‘The Book of Mormon.’
After touring the United States and the United Kingdom since 2011, folks weighed in on the religious satirical musical ‘The Book of Mormon’ had never seen the light of day here in Utah.
“It could be controversial,” said one Salt Lake City resident
While another resident said, “I couldn’t imagine it not coming to Salt Lake.”
People looking for a laugh can expect the 9 time Tony Award winning show to take center stage at the Capitol Theatre beginning July 28th, part of a 16 performance show wrapping up on August 9th.
The successful musical was created by Matt Stone and Tony Parker, most noticeable for creating the popular animated TV series ‘South Park,’ which has never shied away from poking fun at the Mormon faith as well as other popular religions.
“It bothers me that anyone would make fun of someone else beliefs,” said one woman.
“I think it’s in poor taste,” said another.
“I think Mormon’s make an easy target,” said one gentleman.
The LDS church released the following response back in 2011 in regards to the show.
“The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.”
In fact, the church itself has advertised in many of the musical’s playbills, encouraging many theatergoers to learn more about the scripture with phrases like,
“you’ve seen the play, now read the book,” and “the book is even better.”
While the musical has captivated audiences in New York and all across the country, the parody’s success and reception in the Beehive State is yet to be determined.
Will the musical strike the right chord with audiences, or will we see it exiting Stage Left? We’ll find out come July, when the show finally debuts.
Tickets to the show go on-sale to the general public on April 20, 2015. You can purchase tickets on-line at arttix.org or by dialing 801-355-ARTS (2787) or toll free at 1-888-451-ARTS(2787).