It’s Double Take December at Musical Cyberspace! Every musical pretty much has something one likes and something one doesn’t in it. This month I’ll be listing one of each for a range of musicals, a different one each day.
The Book of Mormon
Something I Like: What first attracted me to this show is its score and that is still the top thing about it for me. Yes, there are times when the lyrics could be more meticulously crafted, but the score is a great listen and bears repeat plays with ease. I also like how the credit for book, music and lyrics is collectively attributed to Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone: a sign of true collaboration!
Something I Don’t Like: The book falls apart a bit in the second act. Not in terms of narrative or drive or energy, all of which it offers in droves. It’s in the way that it’s done, with scenes becoming more and more like mere setups for the songs rather than finding the best way to tell the story in collaboration with the score.
Feel free to share your “double take” on The Book of Mormon in the comment box!