Music Monday: I Believe

In case you missed it, the hot new Broadway show this year is/was the Book of Mormon, written by the guys who brought you South Park and Avenue Q.  I’ve only listened to the soundtrack so far, as the show is sold out until the apocalypse of so, last time I checked, but it’s pretty great stuff.  I especially love it as a musical dork because the intro contains lyrics and music that at once remind me of:

  • South Pacific (this could totally be the intro to Balai H’ai)
  • The Sound of Music (the entire opening sequence is ripped from “I have confidence”)
  • Avenue Q (the same over-exaggerated slightly-cartoony sound)
  • Hairspray (undertones of “You can’t stop the beat”, etc)

Some of the other songs are rather offensive, but this one is much safer than most if you accidentally break out singing it at your office.  Not that that’s ever happened or anything.  I also really like the one about Joesph Smith – the “All-American Prophet,” the blond haired blue-eyed voice of God.  (Which sounds exactly like something pulled from “Footloose”.  Oh, Broadway and your non-original but always lovely musical tendencies.)

My favorite – “I believe that God has a plan for all of us; I believe that plan involves getting my own planet.”

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