'Book of Mormon': Listen to a selection of songs from the Broadway hit!


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Because you probably haven’t yet seen Broadway’s Book of Mormon, written by South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Avenue Q co-creator Bobby Lopez, you might still be wondering what all the fuss is about. What’s up with the 14 Tony nominations? And the sold-out performances? And the grade A rave in EW and all the other glowing reviews?

Well, now’s your chance to find out — we’re streaming a selection of songs from the show’s cast album to give you the opportunity to hear some of these Tony-nominated songs for yourself.

Here’s the set-up: Two young Mormon missionaries (Tony nominees Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells) are sent to recruit converts in poverty-stricken Uganda. But once they get there… well, you’ll just have to hear for yourself.

PLEASE NOTE: Many of these songs contain adult themes and strong language that is not appropriate for children and that some adults may find offensive.

To hear the entire cast album and get more exclusive content from the musical, head to the official Book of Mormon Facebook page.

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  • LOL

    Book of Mormon FTW!

    • Tom

      Man, have they run out of original ideas.

      • wasabi

        Apparently not.

      • Tom

        I saw this on youtube like 4 years ago.

      • turner

        They all talked about how they have been in the works for 8 years. So a 4 year old you tube video still doesn’t support your theory.

      • Tom

        Not my fault that someone leaked it. It’s still up.

      • Marcy Runkle

        Tom, are you referring to the Book of Mormon South Park episode? Because that’s completely different. This show has nothing to do with South Park whatsoever. (Aside from a very South Park-esque “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream”… but that’s a different story.)

    • SuperTrooper

      Show was absolutely hilarious, but more importantly, has a strong cast, song book, and story.

      Can’t wait to see it again!

    • Chris Braun

      I get the satire…the voices are good…but isn’t this really a ‘one note joke’….What makes this worthy of so many Tony nominations??? Just curious

  • Jason

    So funny.
    Hasa diga eibowei

    • Tim

      Let’s make a musicial that makes fun of religion. As long as it isn’t about mine.

  • Adam

    Good selection of songs, nothing too spoilery.

  • Gink

    Saw this in previews–thank goodness as the prices are crazy now, LOVED it. So funny and wonderful and dirty. My 75 year old catholic father doesn’t want to see it, but teens and my 45 year old self want to see it again.

    • K

      I’ll have to wait for a touring production to come near me…but this Catholic totally wants to see it! And I’d actually be interested in talking to any Mormons that came to my door; I don’t really know much about the faith and I would like to because it sounds, well, interesting. I don’t want to become Mormon. But I wouldn’t mind talking with some to learn more about it from their perspective (as opposed to just Wikipedia-ing it). Nobody seems particularly interested in proselytzing here in West Virginia though. Don’t know if that’s because most people are pretty well established in one faith or another already, or because there’s more of a “live and let live” attitude here than in other places I’ve lived.

      • elizabeth

        send me your name and address and I will send missionaries to you

      • Jono

        There’s good information on Mormon beliefs from a Mormon perspective at http://www.mormon.org

        For what it’s worth, I’m Mormon, and I see the play as an opportunity for discussion, not something to be offended by. All religions get teased and made fun of. From what I hear, Parker and Stone have some fun at our expense but then show that we’re eager to help. I can live with that. I just wouldn’t use the play as a 100% accurate guide to Mormon doctrine.

      • Jono

        Also, you (and anybody else) can email me at mormonmovieguy@gmail.com. I’d be happy to answer your questions as best I can. Maybe you can tell me more about Catholicism. I’ve been studying world religions this year, just for my own enlightenment. I also have some Catholic friends who are great people. A couple years ago it worked out perfectly that an evangelical, a Catholic, and I (all friends) could go to each other’s Easter services. Pretty cool, and I was impressed by the reverence of the Catholic mass.

      • Mormon boy

        I proselytized in West Virginia several years ago. Where were you when I was knocking on your door?

    • Irisheyes

      I’m a 70 year old Catholic mother and can’t wait to see it!

  • JenM

    I saw it on Saturday…and I am still laughing. Funniest musical I’ve ever seen. They actually sell “Hasa Diga Eebowai” t-shirts in the lobby. And believe it or not, the story is actually kinda sweet. Loved it!

  • donna

    Bought the soundtrack off iTunes last Friday, and haven’t stopped listening to it since. Fabulous!!!Hasa Diga Eebowai, indeed! Take me to Sal Tlay Ka Siti!

  • MarkR

    I love how “You and Me” is a pastiche of Wicked – very clever.

    • Marcy Runkle

      Down to note-for-note orchestrations. Genius.

  • Karine

    I’ve heard these tracks so often on YouTube I may as well get the album. Absolutely love it.

  • hen

    this was the funniest thing i have ever seen. i *loved* it.

  • Britt

    I pre-ordered the album weeks ago and I have been filling the in between time listening to the songs on youtube. Too bad I live far away from Broadway and will probably never get to see it. “I Believe” is my favorite song in the show.

    • Tess

      I think they are doing “I Believe” on the Tonys, so at least you will be able to see that!

  • James Fox

    I hate to say it, but these songs are disappointing. As a huge fan of South Park and Team America, these Book of Mormon songs are hacky, not all that memorable and lean a little too hard on their influences for comfort.

    • ks

      thank goodness I am not the only one who wes meh about the songs

    • MM

      Unfortunately, they can’t sample the real standouts on here.

  • Tanya S

    I guess we have to see the show to see what all the hype is about? Because the songs are actually pretty lame. We are big musical theatre buffs and these songs are not that special.

    • Gink

      My cast recording should arrive tomorrow, and I haven’t listened to it online, but in context the music was great. We are huge musical theatre buffs and loved the show and the songs.

    • Anna

      The show was as bad as the songs. I have season tickets to broadway and clo series for years. First show i have ever walked out Of. Not worth the 80.00 ticket (180.00) since my husband went too. Save your money!

  • This is it?

    All of the songs sound alike and they all sound like generic Broadway musical numbers. The lyrics are not nearly as clever as I thought they would be. The show sounds very innocent and harmless – not the cutting edge satire I was led to believe this was. Signed, Disappointed

    • JenM

      That’s because it’s only a few of the songs, and they can’t play “Hasa Diga Eebowai” here. Look it up on youtube, you won’t be disappointed.

  • ps

    You’re about a month late; NPR had the entire production online throughout the month of May (granted it was only the audio) but it was everything.

  • deedeedragons

    dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

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