commented on Dear Everyone Who's Already Seen Book of Mormon at the Paramount
Lots of factors came into play, but I really expected to be buzzing with excitement after seeing this on opening night and I thought it was just good. Some of the potential factors are as follows:
1. I was sitting three rows from the tippy top, in the Heavens as it were. I got the sense that actors play to the back of the house, but not the back-top of the house.
2. Bad eyesight is bad. Shows like this really drive home how much I depend on facial recognition when following what a person says. Since I didn't bring binoculars, I leaned on my ears more than I usually do, which brings me to...
3. Bad hearing is bad. I made out around 65% of the lyrics, which I don't blame on anyone but myself. These 37-year-old ears have been around and, as a result, there were times when I couldn't make out all the funny lyrics.
4. I'm already a South Park fan. I feel like so much of the gushing reviews came from people who were initially skeptical that a Parker/Stone Broadway joint wouldn't be just a bunch of fart and dick jokes that added up to nothing. I already know that they can deliver fart and dick jokes that DO add up to something, so I wasn't completely surprised by this fact.
Anyway, your mileage may vary, and I'm glad I saw it. I don't usually go to musicals that aren't written by John Cameron Mitchell and Steven Trask, so I was certainly out of my element, but it's definitely worth seeing.