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|The Book of Mormon: the Musical — And they did gather themselves together to sing, and to dance, and to make themselves merry…|
Apr. 14th, 2010 at 6:04 pm
It’s like the 116 pages all over again — only this time it’s not translation, but musical attempts to teach doctrine. It was only a matter of time. Behold, suddenly a BYU MDT degree has gained a modicum of practicality:
Perhaps they can get Steven Fales and Will Swenson to headline this (Swenson can reprise his role as Captain Moroni). And I’m sure there are scores of Broadway divas chomping at the bit to play the harlot Isabel — Swenson is currently dating Audra McDonald, maybe she’s game — that’s a Tony award waiting to happen, for sure. I’d personally like to see Marc Kudisch as Kishkumen, perhaps Shuler Hensley as King Noah. It’s too bad that Ethel Merman is dead, because she’s the only one with a big enough stage presence to pull off the Act I finale as King Benjamin way up on top of that tower. We may have to settle for Liza Minnelli.
They can workshop it this summer at the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Then, once it’s an established hit (since, fortuitously, the Jewish requirement will be more than satisfied), they can have Rod Meldrum head up the national tour to all of the important historical sites in the Heartland Model; and with Meldrum’s participation, I can only imagine that Kieth Merrill is waiting in the wings to direct the big screen adaptation.
Hopefully the Church will have the sense to cash in on the marketing. It would be a shame if the Penguin Classics Book of Mormon managed to release a musical tie-in edition before Shadow Mountain. Some might find this idea slightly crass, but — in all seriousness — I don’t think it’s too far off from the majority of the other stuff that Deseret Book sells these days.
I personally can’t wait to see how they musicalize Nephite weights, measures, and currency. Maybe when Nephi has his vision of everyone that has ever lived, he can walk through the audience and give each spectator that mission president are-you-worthy look. Most importantly, I hope they can get the rights to “Book of Mormon Stories” for the title song (have they no respect for canon?). Then maybe some of the kids on Glee would cover it.
Outrage, merriment, and dream casts in the comments. Discuss.