Utahns show mixed reaction over ‘The Book of Mormon Musical’ heading to SLC

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – For the first time since its Broadway debut, “The Book of Mormon Musical” is coming to town.

Tickets for the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway show went on sale Monday at 10:00 A.M. About a dozen Utahns were there, staking it out on the sidewalk.

“I sat in my car from 7:45 to almost 8:00, thinking, ‘Where is everybody?'” laughed Beckie Bradshaw, a person in line outside Capitol Theatre.

That line did not stretch far, but many there, Monday, said they have waited for the show to come for quite some time.

“It’s a phenomenal musical. The music’s really entertaining, the characters are really funny…” said James Marshall, a former LDS missionary who has seen the show before. “I was planning to get here at 5 A.M., but we decided we were probably okay to to be here at 7:00 or 8:00,” he said.

Others are not as enthusiastic and say there is a reason the satirical parody is less popular in the Beehive State.

“It bothers me that anyone would make fun of someone else’s beliefs,” said one woman.

“I think that it’s in poor taste,” said another.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker are the writers responsible. They also created the popular TV show, “South Park,” and have have never shied away from poking fun at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or other religions.

The LDS church has taken the publicity as an opportunity for real missionary work.

“The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ,” the church said in a statement.

The show takes center stage at Capitol Theatre beginning July 28th and runs though August 9th.

People can purchase tickets online at arttix.org or by dialing 801-355-ARTS(2787). You can also call toll free at 1-888-451-ARTS(2787).

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