May 4, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Who says Broadway won't take a risk? The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys - very different musicals with very different fates - have emerged with the most Tony Award nominations this season. Mormon , with its diarrhea jokes and songs about body parts, and Scottsboro , a searing look at a racial injustice that featured a graphic whipping, pushed the boundaries of traditional Broadway fare. "People are excited when they sit down in those seats because they don't know what's going to happen," said Rory O'Malley, whose turn in Mormon earned him a nomination for best featured actor in a musical.
June 13, 2012 |
Whatever its merits, the opera Dark Sisters, co-commissioned by Opera Company of Philadelphia and locally premiered Friday, has always had faces — magnetic ones that drew you into its rural, buttoned-up world of Church of Latter-day Saints sects that still practice polygamy. Even amid the mixed success of the opera's world premiere in November in New York City, the inner lives of its submissive wives were, if nothing else, revealed in eyes, hair, and chin lines that emerge from their near-identical prairie wear.
August 26, 2010 |
The ads are catchy. Upbeat music plays as the surfer, the artist, or the skateboarder states his or her beliefs about life. They all end with, "And I'm a Mormon. " On July 26, Pittsburgh became one of nine test markets for the advertising campaign that cheerfully counters stereotypes of Mormons as straight-laced, white, humorless, and sexist. The campaign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes a revamped website at www.mormon.org . The ads arrived on the heels of a backlash by gay-rights activists over Mormon support for the 2008 campaign in California for a ban on gay marriage.
August 2, 2014 |
'An atheist's love letter to religion. " That's how Matt Stone, one of the show's creators, described The Book of Mormon , now at the Forrest Theatre for the next six weeks. This prize-winning musical (nine Tony Awards, among many others) was written by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Stone (these last two are the snark-meisters of TV's South Park - more prizes). Mormons have gotten a surprising lot of attention lately ( Big Love , Angels in America ) and The Book of Mormon , a quirky, crowd-pleasing show, gives them a big hug while mocking them.
April 7, 1991 |
An emphasis on family. A dedication to service. The two may explain the continuing increase in the number of Mormons in the Lower Bucks County area, said Scott B. Johnson, bishop of the Morrisville Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ward began in Morrisville in 1953 with a handful of families. It was then called the Trenton branch, but, after seven years, grew to a membership of more than 500 and became the Trenton Ward. Under Mormon organization, a branch refers to 200 or fewer members; a ward, 200 to 500 members.
March 22, 2015 |
The Book of Mormon will be back in Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre late this year for a month-long reprise of its successful 47-day 2014 engagement, part of Broadway Philadelphia's 2015-16 season, officials of the Kimmel Center and the Schubert Organization announced Friday. The Kimmel and the Schubert Organization are joint presenters of the season. "Each season, we seek compelling theater productions with story lines that resonate with our diverse audiences," Anne Ewers, Kimmel president and chief executive, said in a statement.
September 9, 2010 |
As it prepares to build a large temple in Center City, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has agreed to donate $300,000 to the city's prisoner-reentry program. The contribution was announced Wednesday by Mayor Nutter, who said the idea originated with the Mormon church's leadership and was not prompted by City Hall. "We did not ask," he said, "but gladly accepted. " The lump-sum donation will be directed to the Mayor's Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE)
August 11, 2010
THE MORMONS will be getting their temple in Center City after all. A dispute between the city's Redevelopment Authority and the developer who bought the land from the city in 1987 was resolved last week, so construction can begin on the $68 million project. We think it's good news, but not necessarily for the reasons many are citing. One way of looking at the deal is that the city, by filing suit against the landowner, was, as usual, shooting itself in the foot, jeopardizing a big construction project and the jobs it might bring at a time when the city is desperate for both.
March 4, 2001 |
Most Americans learned about the Mormon trek west to Salt Lake City in their history books, but far fewer know about the immigration of more than 85,000 European Mormons to the United States in the mid-1800s. Those European converts arrived by ship, of course, and the 150th anniversary of those ocean sailings will be commemorated this year with a 59-day tall ship reenactment. One big difference: This time the fleet will have tourists on board. The Sea Trek Foundation, nonprofit sponsor of the project, says 10 tall ships have been chartered for the voyage, beginning Aug. 7 in Denmark and continuing to ports in Sweden, Norway, Germany and England before crossing the Atlantic to the Canary Islands and the Bahamas, arriving in New York on Oct. 4. Organizers have dubbed the reenactment Sea Trek 2001.
November 29, 2015 |
It's the second coming of The Book of Mormon 's national tour, with a new cast singing that ancient tale of the angel Moroni's appearance in late-1800s Upstate New York. The elders still ring the world's doorbells, shouting out wow, and fight female genital mutilation in Uganda. And it's convenient that they've arrived for the holidays, because this might be the best time for their message. Though, before anyone trades in their Christmas Carol tickets, that Ugandan plot should be a tipoff that this message comes delivered in a winning and hilarious, but very much R-rated, song-and-dance package.