Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:13 PM
I knew it would be virtually impossible for the show to live up to the level of expectation generated everywhere. So I wasn't really surprised at my own disappointment . But funnily enough I'm still very glad I saw it. I didn't find it very humorous. I smiled mildly here and there. For all the 'controversy' about political incorrectness, it's a very conservative musical, and, as pointed out by some reviewers, not innovative at all. My mind was ahead of the action on stage by a good twenty minutes, if now a whole hour. The Book of Mormon is kind, warm, feel-good in the way traditional American shows usually are. And, to some extent, I appreciated that. But, to be honest, I don't think this is likely to become a classic and enter the musical canon. On the other hand, I was mesmerised by the level of talent on stage and all the energy coming out of it. I don't think I ever saw an audience so ecstatic about a show and so quickly jump to its feet to give it the most energetic standing ovation I ever saw. Needless to say I was in the end contaminated by the general frenzy and stood as well. They all deserved it. I just couldn't believe it, having seen a matinée performance, that they'd be able to do everything all over again in the evening.