Go Metro to live music: The Book of Mormon

“Hello!” the opening number from The Book of Mormon.

Avoid the Hollywood parking hassle and Go Metro to the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon at The Pantages Theatre now through November 25! It just makes sense: The Pantages is located directly across the street from the Hollywood / Vine Red Line Station.

Pantages Theatre Book of Mormon marquee. Photo: Joseph Lemon / Metro

The Book of Mormon is a religious satire in which an unlikely pair of young Mormon missionaries are assigned to a remote village in Uganda stricken by poverty, disease and violence. It’s the first Broadway production by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and it received critical acclaim after its premiere on Broadway in March 2011. Fans of South Park will recognize many of the satirical elements in the musical, which for the uninitiated means: brace yourself, nothing is sacred. Still, the show’s success is a result of much more than shock value. The story has substance, the humor though outrageous at times is purposeful (and hilarious), and each element of the production holds its own.

The score for The Book of Mormon draws from a variety of influences and goes as far as spoofing songs from other musicals. They’re done well though, and numbers like “You and Me (But Mostly Me),” “Turn It Off,” and “Baptize Me” will keep you snickering long after the curtain closes (possibly on the bus or train ride home, so bring friends to avoid awkward stares). The studio album, recorded by the original Broadway cast, won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album last year.

Tickets to The Book of Mormon are available through Ticketmaster (starting at $72) and via pre-show lottery ($25) at The Pantages Theatre box office. The production is on its first North American tour and runs in Los Angeles until November 25th.

Transit Directions:

Burbank Town Center / Metrolink Station: [Weekday] [Saturday] [Sunday Mat. / Eve.]

Harbor Gateway Transit Center: [Weekday] [Saturday] [Sunday Mat. / Eve.]

UCLA (Le Conte/Westwood): [Weekday] [Saturday] [Sunday Mat. / Eve.]

Please check the times for your specific dates prior to departure. Evening shows begin at 8 pm and end at approximately 10:30 pm. For those with longer commutes, consider a Friday or Saturday show to take advantage of Metro’s extended weekend hours, or try one of the Sunday shows (1 pm and 6 pm).