“Book of Mormon” U.S. Tour 2014

The “Book of Mormon” U.S., tour came to Oklahoma City, Okla., on December 30, 2014 and I got the chance to see it opening night. The tour starred Ryan Bondy as Elder Price, Chad Burris as Elder Cunningham and Alexandra Ncube as Nabulungi.

The cast did a great job, particularly Bondy, Burris and Ncube. Bondy’s voice was amazing, particularly in “I Believe.” The rest of the cast was equally amazing, great singing and dancing. The set was really well done, great backdrops. The costumes were also amazing and there were hilarious use of props as well.

The musical has many puns toward the Christian and Mormon faith. The key to enjoying this musical if one is a Christian or Mormon, is to keep an open mind that it is just a musical, and it is meant to be funny. The music was catchy and enjoyable. There is some language and some parts are inappropriate, but some of the parts were so inappropriate, that it was impossible not to laugh. The audience was cracking up, cheering and clapping throughout the musical. They loved it!

As a Christian watching the musical, I found it enjoyable and very well done. While finding some parts of the musical inappropriate, it was done in a funny way. I had never seen the musical before, so I enjoyed it. It lived up to its reputation.

“Peter Pan Live” 2014 review

“Peter Pan Live” premiered on NBC as a live television event on December 4, 2014. The cast included Alison Williams (“Girls”) as Peter Pan, movie actor Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Broadway and TV actor, Christian Borle (“SMASH,” “Sound of Music Live”) as Mr. Darling and Smee.

Williams was amazing as Peter Pan. She did a great job acting, dancing and singing. Taylor Louderman as Wendy did a good job; she had so much spirit in the role. She also did a good job making the character annoying and her voice was amazing.

Walken was good at dancing, but was not great on the acting. His singing was fairly good, but it was hard to make out what he was saying at times. While a good actor, this was not his best role. He did better in the movie made musical, “Hairspay.” He did a better job in the fighting scenes.

Borle was one of the many highlights of the show in both of his roles, especially as Smee. His acting, dancing and singing was incredible, as well as hilarious. Broadway actress, Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling was amazing. Her voice was incredible as well as her acting.

The ensembles of pirates were very talented; they were great dancers and singers. Former members of the Broadway show, “Newsies,” portrayed the cast of the Lost Boys, along with one current member of the Broadway revival of “Les Miserables,” were amazing, great dancing, singing and acting. The music was amazing as well as the chorography.

Only a couple of mistakes were made. At the beginning of the musical when Peter was flying, the harness was visible. At nearly the end of the show the camera showed a little bit of a big light, which was possibly a set light. There was only one time Alison Williams was visibly out of breath and it was after the song “I’m Flying.”

As someone who has never seen the musical before, watching “Peter Pan Live” for me was amazing. I had nothing to compare it to other than the Disney version, and it was much better than that version. I would highly recommend it for all. It was much better than “The Sound of Music Live” last year.