A reader writes:
Wasn't it incredible? My girlfriend and I went to see it a few weeks ago, lucky enough to get tickets in previews (fat chance getting any now). I'm not sure I've laughed so hard at a musical in my life.
The thing that really stirred me is their honesty in the face of the horrors of the world. My girlfriend, an international human rights lawyer, pointed out that the evil warlord in the show is named after a real (very bad) figure in troubled Northern Uganda. They make genital mutilation a central plot point in the show. Would anyone else dare do this in a mainstream production other than these two? And the genius of getting the message to a wide audience with large heaping of humor in what is at core a very traditional musical.
If only more were willing to stare straight at the evil in this world ... and laugh in its face.
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