‘Book of Mormon’ is a must watch for adult Broadway fans

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Amanda Salazar, Editor-in-Chief

For those who have heard of the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” it might sound like a tame, child-friendly simple play about a particular religious group.

It is not.

The plot of “The Book of Mormon” includes many surprises, therefore, this article will not spoil any of them, so the viewers can have the same experience as every other person who walks into the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on West 49th Street in Times Square without knowing what to expect. It will, however, include the warning that this musical is not for children. Anyone considering taking a child or even a teenager to this, please keep in mind that it is  an R-rated experience.

It is also worth mentioning that anyone who is very religious, especially from one of the three major world faiths plus Mormonism, might take offense to some things in the play.

With all that said it is a great play with fun music and an important story at its core.

Following Mormon tradition, the basic storyline is that two Mormon boys turn 18 and get assigned to a country for their two-year-long mission trip. They are sent to try to convert people to the Mormon church, called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by knocking on doors to educate people.

Aside from that, viewers do not need extensive knowledge on Mormonism.

Their trip does not go quite as they expected and they end up learning a lot from the people they try to help through converting them. That is pretty much all that can be said for the plot without giving away too much.

It is funny, explicit and unrealistic, but it is also educational, explaining the story of how the actual Book of Mormon came to be, its general premise and  the history of its followers.

All in all, it is a wonderful experience, albeit a bit jarring, so anyone looking for a Broadway show to watch should definitely see it.