DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s a musical that’s generated nine Tony Awards, a Grammy, two national tours, and a lot of controversy. This week at the Des Moines Civic Center, theater-lovers can catch ‘The Book of Mormon,’ created by ‘South Park’ creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
Alexandra Ncube, the actress playing the role of “Nabalungi Hatimbi” – a Ugandan woman who befriends two Mormon missionaries – says while the show certainly will shock and satirize the Mormon religious faith, it also has a positive message everyone can relate to.
“While it does have its controversial moments, I think people can kind of pick-and-choose what resonates with them. But for me personally, I really like the message of community and salvation through coming together,” she said. “Even if you’re a bit reserved, I promise you’ll be laughing in your seat by the end.”
Though the show does poke fun at the Mormon faith – among other religious beliefs – The Church of Latter Day Saints issued a polite response to the musical upon its debut, and even took out advertising in its playbills later on. The show has opened overseas in England, and this will be its first premiere in the Metro.
For showtimes and ticket information, visit the Des Moines Civic Center’s website.