History Theatre / TheBookOfMormon

22nd Aug '16 4:43:49 PM jameygamer
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A [[TheMusical Broadway musical]] by Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone (of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'') and Robert Lopez (of ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' and later ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'').

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A [[TheMusical Broadway musical]] by Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone (of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'') and Robert Lopez (of ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' and later ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'').
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' [[note]] Which also features ''The Book of Mormon'' co-star Creator/JoshGad [[/note]]).
20th Aug '16 12:40:14 PM CupcakeOtaku87
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Elder Cunningham shows several signs of autism, particularly his bluntness, socially awkward or inappropriate behavior, and tendency to raise his voice out of nowhere.
20th Aug '16 12:23:20 PM CupcakeOtaku87
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*AmbiguouslyGay: [=McKinley=] is the only canonically gay elder, bit all of them, particularly Price and Cunningham, have various levels of HoYay, and seem to be pretty enthusiastic when singing about repressing gay thoughts in "Turn It Off".
30th Jul '16 7:54:57 PM evangelikevin
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** Some liberties are taken with Mormon history and beliefs. The musical repeatedly makes fun of the idea that nobody but Joseph Smith ever saw 'the Golden Plates' which tell the story of how Ancient Jews came to America and became Amerindians. Actual Mormon doctrine claims that eleven other believers saw them too. Also, contrary to the 'Spooky Mormon Hell Dream' in the musical, Mormon doctrine holds that Hell is not a devils-and-pitchforks place as portrayed in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" but a metaphor (a metaphor for ''what'' is not clear).

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** Some liberties are taken with Mormon history and beliefs. The musical repeatedly makes fun of the idea that nobody but Joseph Smith ever saw 'the Golden Plates' which tell the story of how Ancient Jews came to America and became Amerindians. Actual Mormon doctrine claims that eleven other believers saw them too. Also, contrary to the 'Spooky Mormon Hell Dream' in the musical, Mormon doctrine holds that Hell is not a devils-and-pitchforks place as portrayed in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" but a metaphor (a metaphor for ''what'' is not clear).eternal separation from God.
25th Jul '16 5:05:22 PM ChiliConQueso
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* ToTheTuneOf: "Hello" is virtually identical to the first couple verses of - weirdly enough - the Teddy Ruxpin song "This Lovely Night".
5th Jul '16 1:15:36 PM kquinn0830
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* GeekPhysiques: In many productions, Elder Cunningham is portrayed by an actor who is short and overweight.



* NerdPhysiques: In many productions, Elder Cunningham is portrayed by an actor who is short and overweight.
5th Jul '16 1:14:50 PM kquinn0830
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* NerdPhysiques: In many productions, Elder Cunningham is portrayed by an actor who is short and overweight.
19th Jun '16 9:09:32 PM newageoutlaw
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* CampStraight: YMMV depending on the cast, but many of the Elders act rather mincing and fruity despite their hetero-normative beliefs, most noticeably Elder Price.

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* CampStraight: YMMV depending on the cast, but many of the Elders act rather mincing and fruity can seem stereotypically gay despite their hetero-normative beliefs, most noticeably Elder Price.beliefs.
18th Jun '16 10:24:10 PM TheBigBopper
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* {{Expy}}: Ugandan General Butt Fucking Naked is a stand-in for the Liberian warlord [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Butt_Naked General Butt Naked]], whose Butt Naked Brigade really did use {{Full Frontal Assault}}s that were a lot less funny than they sound.

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* {{Expy}}: Ugandan General Butt Fucking Naked is a stand-in for the Liberian warlord [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Butt_Naked General Butt Naked]], whose Butt Naked Brigade really did use {{Full Frontal Assault}}s that were a lot less funny than they sound. The real General Butt Naked also converted to Christianity in a similar manner to General Butt Fucking Naked's conversion to the Mormon faith.
18th Jun '16 10:17:18 PM TheBigBopper
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* AccidentalMisnaming: Elder Cunningham is simply incapable of remembering Nabulungi's name.

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* AccidentalMisnaming: Elder Cunningham is simply incapable of remembering Nabulungi's name. He addresses her by a different name each time he greets her, some of which include Neutrogena (a brand of hair and skin products), Neosporin (an antibiotic cream), and [[Disney/TheLionKing Nala]].



* {{Adorkable}}: Elder Cunningham.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Elder Cunningham.Cunningham is a total dork who lags behind his peers, but is always bubbling with enthusiasm.



--> '''Elder 2:''' And Mothra!
* AnAesop: Very ''specifically'' averted. WordOfGod is that they don't want to insist that one particular lesson should be learned from the show and prefer to leave it open for people to interpret any way they'd like. Even Matt Stone's own philosophy of "Religion is a tool, not a rulebook" is presented rather ambiguously.
* ArmoredClosetGay: PlayedForLaughs with Elder [=McKinley=], who in "Turn It Off" is trying to hide these feelings.

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--> '''Elder 2:''' And Mothra!
[[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Mothra]]!
* AnAesop: Very ''specifically'' averted. WordOfGod is that they don't want to insist that one particular lesson should be learned from the show and prefer to leave it open for people to interpret any way they'd like. Even Matt Stone's own philosophy of "Religion is a tool, not a rulebook" is presented rather ambiguously.
ambiguously. In-universe, however, Elders Price and Cunningham conclude from their experiences that it's more important to have a religion that helps people improve their lives than to follow the dogma of an established church.
* ArmoredClosetGay: PlayedForLaughs with Elder [=McKinley=], who talks about how he suppresses his homosexual feelings in "Turn It Off" is trying to hide these feelings.Off".



* BestialityIsDepraved: Elder Cunningham claims Joseph Smith cured his AIDS by having sex with a frog.
** Of course, it's less depraved than the alternative Elder Cunningham was trying to turn the locals away from. That alternative being ''raping '''babies'''''.

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* BestialityIsDepraved: Elder Cunningham claims Joseph Smith cured his AIDS by having sex with a frog.
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frog. Of course, it's less depraved than the alternative Elder Cunningham was trying to turn the locals away from. That alternative being ''raping '''babies'''''.



* BreakTheCutie: Elder Cunningham.
** Nabulungi definitely qualifies as well, if her [[DarkReprise reprise]] of "Hasa Diga Eebowai" after [[spoiler:discovering the truth about Elder Cunningham's 'Mormon' stories]] is any indication.
* BreakTheHaughty: Elder Price.
* BrickJoke: Several, most notably "Joseph Smith, American Moses" to "Making Things Up Again".
** "[[RunningGag I HAVE MAGGOTS IN MY SCROTUM!!!]]"
* CampStraight: YMMV depending on the cast, but many of the Elders are usually this, most noticeably Elder Price.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Nabulungi.
* ClusterFBomb: The Ugandans. Particularly their first song, "Hasa Diga Eebowai", primarily because it's Ugandan for "[[spoiler:Fuck you, God!]]"

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* BreakTheCutie: BreakTheCutie:
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Elder Cunningham.
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Cunningham started making stuff up because he thought it would help the villagers, but then the visiting church representatives condemn him for giving the Ugandans a corrupted version of the teachings, and Nabulungi definitely qualifies as well, if her reproaches him for giving them false hope.
** Nabulungi's
[[DarkReprise reprise]] of "Hasa Diga Eebowai" after [[spoiler:discovering the truth about Elder Cunningham's 'Mormon' stories]] is any indication.
shows her disillusioned and bitter that she believed in a religion that promised a better life, only to be told that it was all lies.
* BreakTheHaughty: Elder Price.
Price comes in thinking he's better than everyone else, but falls into depression when he can't deal with the situation in Uganda and when Elder Cunningham manages to convert more villagers than him.
* BrickJoke: Several, most notably BrickJoke:
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"Joseph Smith, American Moses" to "Making Things Up Again".
** "[[RunningGag I The RunningGag "I HAVE MAGGOTS IN MY SCROTUM!!!]]"
SCROTUM!!!" shows up one last time at the very end of the closing number.
* CampStraight: YMMV depending on the cast, but many of the Elders are usually this, act rather mincing and fruity despite their hetero-normative beliefs, most noticeably Elder Price.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Nabulungi.
Nabulungi is the daughter of the village head, and is interested in the teaching that the missionaries bring in contrast to her father's suspicion.
* ClusterFBomb: ClusterFBomb:
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The Ugandans. Particularly Ugandans use the F word constantly, particularly their first song, "Hasa Diga Eebowai", primarily because it's supposed to be Ugandan for "[[spoiler:Fuck you, God!]]"



* CrapsackWorld: Uganda is a pretty miserable place.
** WorldHalfFull: The Ugandans eventually find some faith.

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* CrapsackWorld: Uganda is a pretty miserable place.
** WorldHalfFull: The Ugandans eventually find some faith.
place, with famine, disease, and the local warlord keeping the people down.



* CrisisOfFaith: Happens to Elder Price.

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* CrisisOfFaith: Happens to Elder Price.Price begins to doubt God and his religion after failing at everything and having Cunningham eclipse him.



* DisneyAcidSequence: "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"

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* DisneyAcidSequence: "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"Dream" has Elder Price dreaming that he is being punished in the depths of Hell, including famous evil people, dancing donuts and coffee cups representing his vices, and devils doing an elaborate song-and-dance routine.



** "Baptize Me" includes a multitude of {{Double Entendre}}s.

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** "Baptize Me" includes a multitude of is an extended {{Double Entendre}}s.Entendre}} in which Cunningham and Nabulungi sing about her baptism in a way that sounds like they're describing their feelings about having TheirFirstTime with each other.



* EvilLawyerJoke: The inhabitants of Spooky Mormon Hell include [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Adolf Hitler, Genghis Khan, Jeffery Dahmer, and Johnnie Cochran.]]

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* EvilLawyerJoke: The inhabitants of Spooky Mormon Hell include [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Adolf Hitler, Genghis Khan, Jeffery Dahmer, and O.J. Simpson's defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran.]]



* EasyEvangelism: Completely [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]].

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* EasyEvangelism: Completely [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. Elder Price comes expecting to convert everybody, then finds that the mission has baptized zero people, and that nobody wants to listen to his preaching because his book has no relevance to their lives.



* TheFundamentalist: Elder Price, at the beginning. He learns to loosen up.

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* TheFundamentalist: Elder Price, at the beginning.beginning, believes in following the rules of the Book of Mormon without exceptions. He learns to loosen up.



* GRatedDrug: Coffee, to Elder Price at least. (Mormon doctrine frowns upon both coffee and alcohol, hence why dancing coffee cups appear in the "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream".)
* GiveGeeksAChance: Elder Cunningham and Nabalungi.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The Mormon characters, at least most of the time. Very much averted with the Ugandans, who drop F-bombs in their very first scene, which is the "Hasa Diga Eibowai" number.

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* GRatedDrug: Coffee, to Elder Price at least. (Mormon Mormon doctrine frowns upon both coffee and alcohol, hence why the dancing coffee cups appear in the "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream".)
Dream".
* GiveGeeksAChance: Elder Cunningham is an awkward geek who loves ''Star Wars'' and Nabalungi.
''The Lord of the Rings''. Nabalungi thinks he's cute, and they get a MaybeEverAfter.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The Mormon characters, characters use mild substitutes for profanity, at least most of the time. Very much averted with the Ugandans, who drop F-bombs in their very first scene, which is the "Hasa Diga Eibowai" Eebowai" number.



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: While Star Wars is specifically named, Darth Vader and Yoda show up in fairly crudely made costumes. There are some hobbits as well.
** And, in some productions, Lt. Uhura.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: While Star Wars is specifically named, Darth Vader and Yoda show up in fairly crudely made costumes. There are some hobbits as well.
** And,
and, in some productions, Lt. Uhura.Uhura from ''Star Trek''.



* LiteralMinded: The "golden plates" shown in "Joseph Smith American Moses" are gold-colored paper plates.

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* LiteralMinded: The "golden plates" shown in "Joseph Smith Smith: American Moses" are gold-colored paper plates.



* {{Manchild}}: Elder Cunningham.

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* {{Manchild}}: {{Manchild}}:
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Elder Cunningham.Cunningham is very immature, with child-like emotional reactions and problems such as an overactive imagination and difficulty following rules.



* MaybeEverAfter: Cunningham and Nabulungi.

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* MaybeEverAfter: Cunningham and Nabulungi.Nabulungi have romantic subtext throughout the show, but they never get a clear RelationshipUpgrade, so it's left possible that they might get together in the future.



* ShowWithinAShow: Joseph Smith, American Moses.

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* ShowWithinAShow: Joseph Smith, ''Joseph Smith: American Moses.Moses'', a play which the Ugandan converts put on for the visiting church leaders.



* StepfordSmiler: The Mormons. Best displayed in the song "Turn it Off."

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* StepfordSmiler: The Mormons. Best displayed in Mormons at the song Uganda mission are hiding a lot of baggage such as childhood abuse and repressed homosexuality behind their cheery behavior, as seen in "Turn it Off."Off", which is basically a song about how to be a Stepford Smiler.


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* WorldHalfFull: The Ugandans eventually find some faith to get by in their depressing country.
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