The best thing about a Broadway tour is that I can afford to see the show. No travel costs, no need to find a day-long babysitter, no huge ticket prices.
Sandy and I even entered the ticket lottery at Proctor’s last night for The Book of Mormon. (This is not offered for all shows; each tour decides if it will offer a lottery. Most don’t.) We were able to buy, for $25, seats in the third row! We were so close that we could see their microphones.
I loved the show. Yes, it makes fun of a religion – but it does it while showing the religion’s believers in a very good light. It was a remarkable tightrope walk and I found myself increasingly impressed with the writers for managing it.
It is also a crass show, so if you are turned off by low-brow humor, definitely skip it.
Sandy was not too impressed. When I suggested to her, weeks ago, that we enter the ticket lottery, she was enthusiastic. But as we sat down last night, she said casually, “You know, I don’t know anything about this show! Don’t tell me anything, I want to be surprised.”
I was speechless. I quickly thought of many things I ought to tell her...and then I decided it was too late anyhow. So instead I enjoyed her stunned reaction to pretty much everything.
My recommendation to you: listen to the song Hasa Diga Eebowai (and NOT at work). If you think it’s hysterically funny, see the show. If you find yourself horrified or offended, there are lots of other shows you could spend your money on instead.