Aids, female circumcision, babies being raped – is there anything that isn’t shocking in new musical The Book of Mormon?
Tabard has been listening to some clips from the show through iTunes (it’s an online store that features hundreds of songs you can both buy and sample – amazing) and has to admit the old ears could not quite believe what they were hearing. Pure filth. Tabard needed to wash the lugholes out with disinfectant afterwards.
But according to its stars, Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner, there hasn’t been much of a backlash to the show so far. “There were two people outside protesting,” Gertner says. “But they were very quickly dwarfed by the thousand or so people coming to see the show that night.”
Well, that’s a bit disappointing. Tabard wanted people chaining themselves to ushers or blocking theatregoers’ access by forming a human barrier of indignant protestation. Maybe something more exciting kicked off during an actual performance? Surely something happened?
According to Creel, there was one incident. Although it’s spectacularly unspectacular on the protest scale, Tabard has to admit. “A man walked down the dress circle, crumpled his ticket and threw it at the stage,” Creel says. “It was the greatest thing ever.”
Really? The greatest thing ever? Mr Creel, you need to get out more. And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t get out at all.