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I pray to the entertainment gods (or Nicola Sturgeon) that theaters can open properly

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LAWDY, Lawdy – it looks like the late Book of Mormon debut will open in Glasgow in just over a week. Still, it will take divine intervention to make this a commercial reality (with the political supreme being Nicola Sturgeon), hopefully increasing the number of audiences from the current restrictions of 200.

However, it is a sight that Scotland needs to see. Why, you ask yourself? Who would want to see a musical with a story that examines the beliefs and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Mormonism, for most people, is the idea of ​​young men in matching suits knocking softly on your door and not getting angry when that same door is slammed in their face?

Mormonism is a tithe-giving religion of Donny and Mary that has beautiful modern churches in Scotland populated by people who will tell you they love your outfit, even if the clothes you wear are the first thing offered to you afterwards. this sleepless night drug.

But does it offer a premise for a theatrical musical? Well, the B of M was written by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, who are masters of satire. And the show features a number of swear words and punchy humor.

But of course a show wouldn’t have been so successful if it had simply carried a chainsaw to his head which is the Mormon belief system and buried it in a shallow grave.

What writers do cleverly, however, is subject to scrutiny the unusual of religion, the relentless genius of its elders who roam the world, chatting at doors and hoping to convert people with relentless kindness. “We grew up with Mormons, and their MO is to beat you up by being nicer than you and higher than you,” Parker explained.

The story follows two Mormon vendors, the very nervous elder Price and the stocky lying elder Cunningham, who are sent to convert Uganda.

And so, we have a great story, a journey blocked by challenge, disbelief, and dismay. How do you get African villagers to believe that this American wealth machine can work in a world where people struggle for food? How do you knock on wood carunculus doors?

The writers make the most of this impossible task, and without giving too much away, Price and Cunningham are seen selling their religion via cures for AIDS, which involves having sex with amphibians.

It’s nasty. It is sometimes scandalous. He has great songs. Yet that doesn’t make fun of God at all. Indeed, Mormons of Utah’s 15 million people are said to “more or less support the idea of ​​the show,” in fact taking up advertising space in many show programs.

“It reveals that we are Christians, not a cult,” said a prominent elder, who (very softly) supports the adage that bad publicity does not exist.

Marvellous. So let’s hope that the god of entertainment will allow the doors to the theater to open wide.

The Book of Mormon, King’s Theater, Glasgow, January 17-22.