The Book of Mormon is the Broadway sensation of the year — despite, or because, of the fact that it features various unspeakable acts of blasphemy and hilariously X-rated lyrics. (Considering The Producers opened over a decade ago and Avenue Q has now moved Off-Broadway, didn’t the Great White Way need a new vulgar sensation?) With rave reviews and a commanding number of Tony nominations, showings are booked up for the foreseeable future, but if you’d like to hear what all the fuss is about, NPR is currently streaming the complete soundtrack of the show.
Obviously, nothing replaces actually seeing the show onstage, but do yourself a favor and listen to at least a few of the songs. The ding-dong missionary song “Hello!” is a heavenly burst of pure energy. Conversely, the fantastically vulgar atheist hymnal “Hasa Diga Eebowai” skewers The Lion King and AIDS — and it’s existential, too! For a change of pace, try “Baptize Me,” a love ballad that’s also curiously spiritual. Oh heck, people, just listen to the whole darned thing — no one’s getting in to see this thing until 2012, anyways.
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