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The award-win­ning “The Book of Mormon” is play­ing to packed houses at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. The po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect, satir­i­cal and ex­tremely funny mu­si­cal tells the story of two newly trained Mormon mis­sion­ar­ies who are sent to a Ugan­dan vil­lage to spread their re­li­gion’s teach­ings.

El­der Price (Ryan Bondy) is po­lite, de­voted, ex­tremely con­fi­dent and am­bi­tious. He’s less than happy to be go­ing to Africa and also not too thrilled with his ‘part­ner’, El­der Cun­ning­ham (A.J. Holmes). Cun­ning­ham is ‘so­cially chal­lenged’, clumsy, a com­pul­sive liar and is just look­ing for a friend. Find­ing con­verts among the war-lord con­trolled, im­pov­er­ished, dis­ease-rav­aged in­hab­i­tants of the vil­lage to which they are as­signed proves more dif­fi­cult than an­tic­i­pated. Af­ter El­der Price has a cri­sis of faith it’s up to the hap­less El­der Cun­ning­ham to save the vil­lagers’ souls. He finds an ally in Nab­u­lungi (Zahra New­man) daugh­ter of the vil­lage’s chief Mafala (Bert Labonte).

Ex­cel­lent per­for­mances from all cast mem­bers, many funny lines and big mu­si­cal num­bers bril­liantly chore­ographed and per­formed by an en­thu­si­as­tic en­sem­ble en­sures “The Book of Mormon” lives up to the hype that sur­rounds it.

On­go­ing, Princess Theatre, 163 Spring Street, Melbourne. 1300 723 038. bookof­mor­mon­mu­si­

Ryan Bondy as El­der Price in “The Book of Mormon”. Photo: Jeff Busby.

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