The touring production of Broadway’s The Book Of Mormon is headed right for the audience that would politely condemn it the most, with a string of shows set next summer for Utah’s Capitol Theatre. That’s right in the heart of Salt Lake City, home of friendly warlords and all-you-can-eat flour, and just a sensible bike ride from the headquarters of the Church of Latter-Day Saints the show is dedicated to lampooning. Still, while you might imagine the Church organizing angry protests of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s musical about how their religion is steeped in ridiculousness—even on the relative sliding scale of religions—you clearly aren’t familiar with Mormons.
A spokeswoman for the Church, which has long placed ads in playbills for the show’s touring stops (and furthermore was founded by a guy reading from his hat, so they’re pretty inured to criticism by now) tells The Salt Lake Tribune, “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.” Although to be fair, that bit about Joseph Smith fucking frogs might change your life forever, too.
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