Andrew and I don’t really buy each other gifts very much – we prefer to save our money for big things like vacations and job-quitting.
That said, I turned THIRTY this year. Big birthday. Big gift. When Andrew turned thirty he got a tattoo. For my birthday, I decided I wanted theater tickets (!!).
Andrew stalked the Pantages website and got us tickets to see The Book of Mormon in September! He was only checking Sunday shows (because of our work schedules), but he had to look through 5 or 6 shows to find 2 tickets together….
So the last Sunday in September we got a little dressed up and headed down to L.A. …
Of course, no photography in the theater (sigh), but I sneaked this quick iPhone image …
Our seats were in the very back row of the orchestra section. Really great seats. (Thanks Andrew!)
This show is INCREDIBLE.
I laughed to tears. I laughed so hard that my face hurt from smiling by the end of it.
I’m glad I knew all the music before seeing the show – I can imagine a lot of the funny lines were lost under the sound of everyone’s laughter.
The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Naïve and optimistic, the two missionaries try to share the Book of Mormon, one of their scriptures—which only one of them knows very well—but have trouble connecting with the locals, who are more worried about war, famine, poverty, and AIDS than about religion.
I seriously love it. LOVE IT.
Photos from the touring cast:
And for fun … a couple musical numbers from the Tony Awards (with the original cast, I think):
(one of my favorite songs from the show:)
I love the theater. If you are ever at a loss on what to get me for a you’re-awesome gift …. THEATER tickets. Always.