The Book of Mormon, War Horse, Zarkana: Three Great Shows Currently Running In NYC

The Book of Mormon, War Horse, Zarkana: Three Great Shows Currently Running In NYC

There’s a bunch of great shows currently running in New York City this summer, but three of the best are the hilarious The Book of Mormon, the unique War Horse, and the mystifying Zarkana. In those titles you have a musical, a play, and a Cirque du Soleil show.

Below, Land of Punt takes a closer look at each one of the aforementioned productions. We have to warn you, after familiarizing yourself with these great shows you won’t want to see one over the other two, you’ll want to see all three.

The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon is the uproarious musical comedy about two young missionaries in Uganda. It was created by South Park progenitors Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez. The production, which is currently running at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre, has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Basically, everyone who’s bought tickets to The Book of Mormon says it’s one of the funniest musicals they’re ever seen. Throw in a heap of praise from critics and TBOM is the hottest ticket on Broadway.

Is the show PG? Absolutely not—it’s as vulgar as they come—but surprisingly it’s not two and a half hours of Mormon bashing. While the show is definitely a send up of traditional musicals, it does try to create a dialogue about religion and faith. Still, if you’re bothered by the F-word and/or you’re sensitive to sexual material stay far away from The Book of Mormon. However, if you’re looking for unadulterated and adult fun then you should rush to see this musical.

War Horse
War Horse tickets are currently being sold at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. This play has been nominated for five Tony Awards and it tells the story of a boy named Albert and his best friend, a horse named Joey. When World War I breaks out the pair is torn apart after Albert’s dad sells Joey to the cavalry. Three years later, Albert runs away from his farm in Devon, England to find his equine friend.

What makes this play so special is that three puppeteers control Joey and they do so in plain view of the audience. Of course, they control the horse so beautifully that after a while you forget they’re even there. In fact, the puppets used in this production are so good that their designers, Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, will receive a special Tony Award for artistic achievement.

War Horse stars Seth Numrich and is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris. The play is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo which was adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford. A national tour is scheduled to launch in 2012 and a War Horse movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, is set for a December release.

Zarkana
Zarkana is a Cirque du Soleil production currently selling tickets at Radio City Music Hall. It will be running at that famed venue until Oct. 8. This stunning and surreal show features Cirque’s trademarks of breathtaking acrobatics, captivating live music, and interactive multimedia elements. The production stars 71 artists from all over the world and was specially designed for Radio City’s stage.

Zarkana is written and directed by renowned film and theater auteur Francois Girard. The show’s score is composed by Australian musician Nick Littlemore. Debra Brown and Elena Kolyadenko did the choreography.

Zarkana tells the epic story of a magician on a quest to regain his lost love and his lost powers. During his journey into a strange and bizarre world he encounters a menagerie of incredibly interesting creatures.

After its limited engagement at Radio City Music Hall, Zarkana opens in Madrid on Nov. 9 and then in Moscow on Feb. 2, 2012.

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