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F-bombs, T&A on stage and reasons to dodge 'Book of Mormon' at Schuster

Not into religious satire that some say teeters on the edge of blasphemy? "The Book of Mormon" might not be for you.

At its heart, many say the show is packed with humanity and is about faith.

Book of Mormon Tour

That said, some may find it hard to locate those themes considering language used in songs like "Hasa Diga Eebowai," which translates to "[F-expletive] you, God!," even though that song is about people who have been given the short end of the stick.

Note: YouTube clip contains language that might offend some readers.

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Book of Mormon Tour

Show tickets start at $43 and can be purchased at Ticket Center Stage located in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, by phone at 937-228-3630, or online at

Instead of getting a ticket and being disappointed or outraged by what is staged, Victoria Theatre spokeswoman Diane Schoeffler-Warren urges people to do a little research before heading to the show.

It should come as no surprise that the show that opened on Broadway in March 2011 is controversial. It's from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, the co-composer/co-lyricist of the play "Avenue Q" and Walt Disney animated film "Frozen."

While "Frozen" might be PG, "Avenue Q" definitely isn't (the production features a song called "The Internet is for Porn").

Schoeffler-Warren said "Book of Mormon" is far from the first controversial shows staged at the Victoria Theatre or Schuster Performing Arts Center.

She said shows can't be sugarcoated.

"We can't change stories," she said. "We can't change art."

For instance, a man near the front row of a performance last year of  the traveling production of “Million Dollar Quartet” was beside himself that actor Vince Nappo used an artificial cigarette in his portrayal of legendary Sun Records owner Sam Phillips.

Schoeffler-Warren said removing smoking from the show would compromise the show's essence.

"Million Dollar Quartet" is about the night in 1956 when Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley jammed together for the first and last time at Phillips’ Sun Records.

"You have to be as authentic as possible," Schoeffler-Warren said. "(In a 1956 record studio), there is going to be smoking, there is going to drinking, there is going to be swearing."

Below, you'll find four other shows that have raised patron ire and why:

"A Chorus Line"

Why:  the song  "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three (Tits and Ass)"

Jersey Boys

Why: Exploding F-bombs

Avenue Q

Why: puppet sex

Carrie Fisher

Why: F-bombs

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