The boys are coming to town.
Those would be the tie-clad, sweetly irreverent, painfully naive boys of the hit musical “The Book of Mormon,” which plays Aug. 20 through Sept. 14 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.
Since it opened on Broadway in 2011, “The Book of Mormon” has proved an unstoppable hit, garnering nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical), and a showering of praise. It’s such a phenomenon it prompted the New York Times to call it the best music.
Of the century.
Why on earth would such a franchise give a prospective ticket buyer pause? Well, even though all recommendations are funny things (as in “tricky,” not “ha ha”), “Mormon” comes with its own set of unique challenges.
It’s not exactly “Hello, Dolly!”
When two Mormon missionaries are sent to a remote village in Uganda to preach the Good Word, they run up against a warlord who is causing holy terror in the region, not to mention a populace who are more worried about famine, abject poverty and AIDS.
All of this with merry songs and dances?
Well, yes. It’s the brainchild of popular shock humor geniuses Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who gave the world “South Park,” and Robert Lopez who shook the puppet world up with the hit naughty musical “Avenue Q.”
The trio seems to have a hold on offensive, no-holds-barred, comedy, but with a sentimental core. Probably the most shocking thing about “The Book of Mormon” is, in the end, how sweet it turns out to be.
But, hey, sometimes it’s good to be bad.
If you’re planning to make it up to see the boys sing and dance their way through Uganda, book your tickets early. They’re pricey but worth it. And they’ll sell out fast.