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YMMV: The Book of Mormon

The religious text contains examples of:

The stage musical contains examples of:

  • Crosses the Line Twice: When "Hasa Diga Eebowai" isn't being terrifying, it does this. Really, the whole show.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole show, but especially "Man Up" (which closes act one) and "Tomorrow is a Latter Day" (which closes the show).
  • Ear Worm: "Hasa Diga Ebowai"
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Sure, the Elders and the Ugandans are happy with their new bastardized version of Mormonism, and they've even defeated General Butt Fucking Naked, but nothing has really happened to fix the numerous other problems facing the Ugandans, such as A.I.D.S., starvation, and maggots in their scrotums. Although the creators probably intended for people to pick up on this.
  • Fridge Brilliance: You'll notice that there's no cursing for the first twenty minutes or so of the play until they finally arrive in Africa during "Hasa Diga Eebowai". That's to lull the viewer into forgetting that they're watching a show written by the creators of South Park and then club you over the head with as much cursing as humanly possible.
  • Fridge Horror: Elder McKinley's situation, when you remember the Ugandan government's general attitude towards homosexuality.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Josh Gad originated the role of Elder Cunningham, while the role is currently being played by A.J. Holmes in the national tour.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At one point Elder Cunningham calls Nabulungi Nala; in the current Los Angeles show Nabulungi's actress played Nala and General Butt Fucking Naked was Mufasa.
    • Andrew Rannells (the original Elder Price) coming out as gay.
  • Magnum Opus: Some consider this to be the all-time best work from Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Considering that it won nine Tony Awards, and is one of their most successful works financially, it is easy to see why.
  • Nausea Fuel/Squick: The running gag about the doctor having maggots in his scrotum, as well as a later point where Elder Price gets his copy of the title book shoved up his butt by General Butt Fucking Naked.
  • Unfortunate Implications: This article brings up a few, albeit by missing the point of the show. Also, the Mormon's Church rather "not kind" opinion on homosexuality pretty much renders McKinley situation rather unconfortable, especially when the dialogue at times seems to support the "moral validity" of his repression.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Despite the musical's extremely irreverent portrayal of Mormonism, lots of real Mormons are fans. The LDS church even referenced it for an advertising campaign.
    • It also helps that the musical never portrays Mormons or even Mormonism itself as bad. The whole point of the musical is that religion can be used to bring people together, and that's what the Mormons ultimately do.
    • During the touring production, not only has the LDS church bought multiple ads in the Playbill, but they station missionaries at the entrance to hand out cards. Protesting isn't going to work, so why not use it to their advantage?
  • The Woobie: Elder Cunningham.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Elder Price during his Break the Haughty.
    • A good majority of the Mormon missionaries seem to be woobies, actually, is "Turn It Off" is anything to go by.

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