‘Book of Mormon’ coming to Bass Hall

Excerpt from our 2013 review

What’s most amazing about The Book of Mormon is that its satire is exceedingly clever; just when you think that there’s nothing more offensive to say or reference with regard to Mormonism, Christianity and other religions, the show’s ending hits you with a Thor’s hammer-sized message about the importance of having faith in whatever it is you believe.

-- Mark Lowry

Posted 11:24am on Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

The multiple Tony Award-winning crass-athon that is The Book of Mormon will come to Bass Hall in the 2015-’16 season, Performing Arts Fort Worth announced Tuesday morning.

The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, best known for the animated series South Park, and Robert Lopez, who co-wrote Avenue Q and won an Oscar this year for the song Let It Go from Frozen.

The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway in February 2011, winning nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical) that year, and is still one of the hottest tickets on the Great White Way.

Mormon is filled with strong language and adult situations; songs are laced with F-bombs and vulgar humor. It concerns two young Mormons who are sent to do their mission in Uganda. Triple-hilarity ensues.

Some, notably Mormons, have called it blasphemous (although the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has capitalized on its popularity by placing ads in the Playbills wherever the show plays). While there’s definitely some crass material about religion in the show, ultimately, The Book of Mormon is a celebration of religion and spirituality, and the right to believe. It also spoofs the musical art form.

When it appears in Fort Worth, the blockbuster musical will have been in Dallas twice; the tour was at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2013 and will return there in February 2015.

PAFW’s entire 2015-’16 Broadway at the Bass season won’t be announced for another year or so. Dates for the Fort Worth Book of Mormon engagement haven’t been announced, nor have any of the other titles in that season, but it is such a popular show that many touring presenters have used it to drum up business for an earlier season. (ATTPAC did that before the previous season had begun.)

The only way to have priority access to tickets ahead of the general public is to buy a season subscription to the 2014-15 season, which begins in November with Elf and includes Once, Pippin, Kinky Boots and Dirty Dancing.

Subscriptions to the 2014-15 season are $226.60-$594. Tickets are on sale at Bass Hall or at 817-212-4280 or online at www.basshall.com.

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