10 Shows Not To Miss | 2015-2016
By Richard Schultz, October 2015 Issue.
Whether you prefer the type of performances that require you to use your imagination or the variety that document the most literal of human experiences, the odds are that you’ll find a show that sparks your interest in the season ahead.
While LGBTQ themes inspire most of this season’s must-see productions, our top-10 list boasts everything from religion and civil rights to local history and drag pageants.
The Book of MormonOct. 20-Nov. 8 | ASU Gammage
Nine-time Tony Award winner for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected. Composed by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon is an old-style musical with a modern sensibility. This blockbuster show features several big song-and-dance numbers accompanied by some old-fashioned Broadway belting. An equal-opportunity offender, the show playfully pokes fun at religion, sexuality, poverty and race.