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#40 – Watch a show on London’s West End

‘The way the world is, I think a silly evening in the theatre is a good thing,
to take our minds off terror’
– Tim Curry

I am a very fortunate man. The older I get, the more fortunate I realise my childhood was, especially when it came to the arts. Although my parents weren’t involved in creating art directly, they ensured that I was constantly exposed to it.

Now, I’m not exactly sure when my first West End performance was, or what it was. All I know is that I have been fortunate enough to have seen plenty of shows there. In fact, I once tried to make a list of all the pieces of theatre I have seen and just ended up completely lost because not only have I seen them all over the country, but because every single London show that has a UK tour ends up coming to my hometown – Milton Keynes.

I do have a couple of favourites though. Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You because, well, Queen songs. (more…)

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‘The Book of Mormon’ – A Short Review

Winner of the 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical and created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (best known for South Park and Team America) in collaboration with Robert Lopez (co-composer/co-lyricist of Avenue Q), The Book of Mormon presents itself as a religious satire musical but at the same time it is so much more.

Lets put it out there right away, The Book of Mormon is not politically correct. In fact, it is quite possibly as far from being PC as possible. Within the walls of the Prince of Wales Theatre you are exposed to jokes about racism, bestiality, blasphemy and child-murder/rape. From a ‘traditional African send-off’ [which involved a black woman dressed Rafiki from The Lion King], to alluding to the infamous General Butt Naked, there is no stone that Parker and Stone leave unturned in their chase for musical success.

Yet, I left that theatre with one word ringing in my mind; clever. By no means might this opinion be shared and maybe I only hold it because I like to believe that there was more to The Book of Mormon than a musical designed to be obscene and vulgar, but I found it to be clever.

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