Broadway hit 'The Book of Mormon' lands in London
The Book of Mormon creators Trey Parker, left, and Matt Stone pose for photographers on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening night of 'The Book of Mormon' at The Prince of Wales theatre in central London, Thursday, March 21, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON (AP) — Broadway sensation "The Book of Mormon" has arrived in London to a warm reception from theatergoers and mixed notices from critics.
Reviewers delivered their verdicts on the show Friday, after an opening night that counted celebrities including "Homeland" star Damien Lewis and Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon among the audience.
Damian Lewis and wife Helen McCrory arrive on the red carpet for the opening night of 'The Book of Mormon' at The Prince of Wales theatre in central London, Thursday, March 21, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Many praised its wit and energy, though the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer said "its mixture of satire and syrup ultimately proves repellent."
And the Guardian's Michael Billington judged it "mildly amusing."
The exuberantly profane show by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and composer Robert Lopez tells the story of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda. It won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including best musical.
The London production runs at the Prince of Wales Theatre.