October 11, 2012 |
The presidential campaign has placed a spotlight on the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “The Book of Mormon” musical is pushing the religion to the forefront of pop culture. And with Ann Romney's recent appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” semi-secret Mormon undergarments are no longer so secret. Not that Mrs. Romney's underwear was showing. But the fact that it didn't show under her sleek, knee-grazing skirt stirred up debate among some members of the faithful about whether she was or wasn't wearing the “temple garments” required for most adult Mormons.
October 10, 2012 |
The idea that Salt Lake City could be a paradise is meant to be absurdly funny to the big city folks piling into the touring production of "The Book of Mormon" now at the Pantages Theatre. As it turns out, the notion is also humorous to someone from Lincoln, Neb. "I've never been to Salt Lake," said Nebraskan Samantha Marie Ware, who stars as the innocent Ugandan teen Nabulungi in the Tony Award-winning musical. "Maybe I'll make it there soon. " Ware's song "Sal Tlay Ka Siti" - what the Utah capital sounds like when pronounced with a heavy Central African accent - marks a critical moment in the hit musical created by "South Park's" Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with composer and lyricist Robert Lopez.
HOME & GARDEN
September 29, 2012 |
I'd wanted to take an actual Mormon to see "The Book of Mormon," but the closest I could come was the lovely and patient older daughter - so well scrubbed and shimmery that she looked like an Irish coin. "Come on, Coin, let's go to the Pantages," I texted her. "OK," she said after I agreed to spring for dinner. My daughter and I have a complicated, almost biblical relationship, so she's the perfect sidekick for a religious-themed event. Of course, this "Book of Mormon" is a comedy, with barely a serious moment.
September 28, 2012 |
Politics is at best an imprecise science. Who knows what goes into an election victory? Was it the economy? Was it the advertising? Was it personal magnetism? Was it … the fast? If Mitt Romney wins the presidency on Nov. 6, consider the last of those. A group of his fellow Mormons is organizing a fast Sunday so "that he will be blessed in the debates" with President Obama, which begin on Wednesday. "I know that fasting and praying brings about miracles," reads an email reportedly sent by a fast organizer.
September 21, 2012 |
Mitt Romney is the first major-party nominee for president who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - the Mormons. Here is a brief primer about Mormon history and beliefs: Who are the Mormons? The LDS Church claims some 14 million members, more than half outside the United States. Most American Mormons live in the West, with more than a third concentrated in Utah. American Mormons are overwhelmingly white (88%) and Republican-leaning (74%), according to the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
September 21, 2012 |
When the bottom fell out of the real estate market, Jason and Liz Anderson reached out to the institution they trusted most: the Mormon Church. Meeting with their bishop in Rancho Cucamonga, they laid out the problem: Although Jason was working two jobs, he was barely earning enough to make ends meet. The bishop "was really open and loving," Liz recalled. But it was tough love. "We're not going to pay bills. We can't pay your mortgage," she recalled him as saying. He offered food assistance and a blessing.
September 13, 2012 |
"The Book of Mormon," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's award-winning musical, said a big hello to Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Broadway transplants and native celebs turned up to Hollywood's Pantages Theater for the opening, and theater certainly makes strange bedfellows: Everyone from Ke$ha to John C. Reilly had tickets. "We lived here for 20 years, all of our friends are here," Parker told the Ministry about opening shop in L.A., and that's quite a list of friends. PHOTOS: 'Book of Mormon' Los Angeles premiere Just before sunset the Pantages lobby saw traffic from Simon Pegg, Josh Gad (who appeared on Broadway in the role of Elder Cunningham)
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 11, 2012 |
Conventional wisdom would have it that some middle- and lower-income whites in the South might be prejudiced against voting for a black man for president. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll confirms that is true. But in a perverse kind of good fortune for the nation's first African American president, the survey shows that this group of Southern whites has an even bigger block against voting for a candidate who is Mormon or who they consider “very wealthy.” Polling on these sorts of issues is, of course, a fraught proposition, with most voters unwilling to be completely honest (if they even understand the inner workings of their own brains)
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.