September 13, 2012 |
No need to bone up on the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith before attending "The Book of Mormon" at the Pantages Theatre. Just know that this exceedingly naughty, though in the end disarmingly nice, show is devised by the minds behind "South Park" and that risqué "Sesame Street" for theater-loving adults, "Avenue Q. " In other words, leave the kids at home with a baby-sitter, or child-protective services might be knocking at your door. Built for the irreverent Gen X faithful, all those aging slackers (myself among them)
September 7, 2012 |
Presidential elections inevitably steal the national spotlight, and the biggest theater this fall is certain to be the race between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Theatergoers will have plenty of opportunity to reflect on the election from a variety of oblique angles in the next couple of months. So turn off the nattering television pundits, hop into your car and risk the possibility of a genuine shift in perspective. "The Book of Mormon," the runaway Broadway hit from the creators of "South Park" and a co-creator of "Avenue Q," opens at the Pantages Theatre just as questions about Romney's religious background shoot to the fore.
September 6, 2012 |
Taking the high road, or throwing down the gauntlet? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has purchased ads promoting the faith in the playbill for the Los Angeles engagement of "The Book of Mormon," the satirical musical from the creators of TV's "South Park. " The show, which is currently in previews at the Pantages Theatre as part of a national tour, tells the comical story of two Mormon missionaries who travel to a remote African village. The musical pokes fun at the tenets of the Mormon Church, as well as those of other religions.
July 29, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's visit to Israel will generate much speculation on the role Jewish voters will play in the U.S. presidential election. His visit may also spark discussion about Mormon-Jewish relations in the wake of the recent controversy over a Mormon temple that conducted posthumous baptism ceremonies for some Holocaust victims. But another Mormon's visit to Jerusalem, 99 years ago, deserves some of the spotlight too. Because that little-known visit ultimately had a decisive impact on Jewish history and America's response to the Holocaust.
July 19, 2012 |
The hottest ticket on Broadway is far from the boiling point in Los Angeles -- at least so far. "Book of Mormon" tickets can sell for nearly $500 at the box office on Broadway and are tough to find, while in Los Angeles plenty of seats are still available and the top ticket can be had for $175. Partly that's because New York'sEugene O'NeillTheatre seats 1,100, while the Pantages Theatre can hold about 2,700. In pricing for big tours of popular plays to cities like Los Angeles, demand and ticket prices go hand in hand.
April 26, 2012
Jokes about polygamy and funny long underwear aside, Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has not been, and will not become, a factor in the presidential campaign of 2012. I have a friend who wishes that were not so. She thinks it's creepy that Mormons comb genealogical records to find people to retroactively baptize into the church -- people who were not Mormons when they were alive and probably would not want to be Mormons if they still were. Knowing that the one constant in Romney's otherwise malleable set of beliefs is his religion, my friend cannot understand why the Obama campaign has not raised the oddities of Mormonism as an issue.