Sorry if this is too personal, but are you actually a Mormon? If so, how doesn't the musical offend you? Love your blog btw
hey anon buddy!!
so first of all: im not a mormon in the sense that i haven’t been baptised [yet??? who knows] but i have been taking lessons from a pair of elders but for now im just. a gay catholic gremlin who doesnt go to mass nearly enough
i feel like. although the musical is likely to offend a lot of mormons [and other people in general with i guess what u could call its ‘crude humour’], it does have some interesting commentary on the religion and religion in general, such as the faith and hope it gives to people like naba who are in honestly pretty shitty situations [shituations???].
it’s honestly a very self aware musical, with parts when elder price is all “have you ever felt like there was something missing from your life?” and kalimba looks around like,, gee whiz idk white boy I LIVE IN FREAKIN UGANDA WITH A WARLORD NEXT VILLAGE OVER.
what strikes me as one of the most important songs of the musical is “tomorrow is a latter day”, because once you dissect it it’s honestly pretty deep - naba describes herself and her entire town as latter day saints, despite being told by the mission president that they were not because they didn’t follow their prescription of it to a T [latter day saints believe that their church is a restoration of the original church that christ founded, message me if u want more details!!].
i just love the character development and everything involved in this musical as well, the difference in the way elder price sings i believe, the way that spooky mormon hell dream is composed [i spent a lecture at uni analysing the key changes which was totally not what i was supposed to do], and many many other things that ill refrain from waxing on about.
ill wrap it up with an acknowledgement from the book of mormon - in 2 nephi 2:25, it states that “adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”; and in my case, this musical does that: it brings me joy. :D