Yesterday the Broadway news was all about major papers jumping the gun to publish reviews of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark more than a month before the show opened, which overshadowed the even stranger news that the first review of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Book of Mormon has been published weeks before the first preview performance.
Though the Mormonism-lampooning musical that Parker and Stone developed with Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez doesn’t begin performances at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre until February 24 (for a March 24 opening), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints saw fit to publish their scathing and very succinct review on Monday:
The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.
Zing! The Spider-Man equivalent would be: “The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but The Amazing Spider-Man as several volumes of comic books will sustain teenage boys’ imaginations forever by bringing them an empowering model of geekiness.” (CultureMonster)