'Book of Mormon' comes to Tampa

The acclaimed Broadway musical opens a two-week run at the Straz Center

November 7, 2013 

Great anticipation often leads to great disappointment, and probably no Broadway show has been more enthusiastically anticipated than "The Book of Mormon."

The national tour of the acclaimed musical will be at Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts for two weeks starting Tuesday.

But there's so much hype that even if "The Book of Mormon" turns out to be half as good as everyone says, it's going to be something special.

The New York Times called it "the best musical of this century." Jon Stewart said it was "so good it makes me angry." It won just about every Tony Award a musical can win.

It's written by the guys who created "South Park" and one of the guys who wrote "Avenue Q." There's lots of foul language, as you might expect from that crew, but by all accounts it's a substantial musical with great songs and lots of laughs.

It does poke fun at religion, but it's not the Mormon-bashing orgy that some people expect. In fact, one cast member said the Mormon Church takes out full-page adds in the show's program.

The story's about two Mormon missionaries, one a quintessential nerd who's out of his element and the other a gung-ho Mormon who wants to work in Orlando. They somehow end up in Uganda dealing with some harsh problems.

Tickets are reportedly going fast.

Read more in Sunday's A&E section.

Details: Nov. 12-24, Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $69-$153.50.plus service charge.. Information: 813-229-7827, www.strazcenter.org.

-- Marty Clear

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