‘The Book of Mormon’ musical combines religion, comedy

Broadway musical tour arrives at San Diego Civic Theater

Shannon Gallacher, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor


The Tony Award-­winning musical “The Book of Mormon” has been dazzling audiences on Broadway since 2011 and spreading laughter across the nation. The critically­-acclaimed show was presented in San Diego from Feb. 23 to March 6 at the San Diego Civic Theater.

“The Book of Mormon” tells the story of two 19 year­-old missionaries on their mission to Uganda to spread their beliefs. Elder Price (Billy Harrigan Tighe) is the spunky go­-getter of the duo with a strong dedication to his faith. Elder Cunningham (A.J. Holmes) is the socially inept, kind­-hearted nerd who often fibs to embellish the truth. Once they experience a day in Africa, they find that their mission might not be as easy as expected.

As a musical theatre fanatic, I had wanted to see “The Book of Mormon” ever since it took home seven Tonys in 2011, including one for Best Musical and one for Best Direction of a Musical. Going into the show, I was kind of nervous. I worried that I would find the humor offensive, rather than funny, but I left the show completely surprised.

“The Book of Mormon” is worth all of the hype. The music is lyrically genius, the scenes are laugh­-out-­loud funny, and the talent is undeniable.

The show may be light-­hearted in its teasing of the Mormon religion, but it focuses more on the development of the two main characters on a mission in Africa. In their journey, the African tribe the Elders encounter changes them as much as they change the attitudes of the members of the tribe through their words of God.

Whether or not you’re a musical theatre follower, I would recommend “The Book of Mormon” to anyone with a sense of humor.


“The Book of Mormon” will be in San Diego until March 6, 2016 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Tickets are upwards of $32. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see one of the funniest shows on Broadway.