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on February 28, 2013
Several notable things about this vocal selections book that sets it apart from most:

1) It includes ALL the songs found on the cast album. Yes it makes for a larger, more expensive book, but I'd much rather pay extra for a more complete book than have someone else decide what the most popular songs are.

2) The piano part is a real accompaniment, so you have the choice of accompanying a singer or adding a piano melody on your own for a solo performance.

3) The arrangements are exactly the same as what's on the cast album. I haven't seen the show so I don't know if any cuts were made from the full score to create the cast recording, but usually that's inevitable unless it's a multi-CD set. Since this book matches the recording, it makes it easier to prepare a song for an audition or cabaret performance. I didn't check every song, but for the most part I believe they're also in the same keys. (As someone who has played numerous auditions, I've seen my share of singers who have only sung with a CD and never a live piano, and are surprised that the sheet music is 2 steps higher or lower than what they're familiar with.)

3a) And yes, we really do want all those dance breaks and interludes from the cast recording in there, Mr. or Ms. Editor Person, so thank you. We can always make cuts on our own if necessary.

All of these things, by the way, vastly reduce the incentive and desire to seek out bootleg photocopies and poorly-scanned PDFs of Broadway scores. Often it's not people wanting to put on unauthorized productions of shows, but simply wanting a copy of the sheet music that matches what they're used to hearing on the cast album. Good on Alfred Publishing for making this editorial decision -- other publishers should do the same!

Probably my only other wish would be if this were made available with a spiral binding so we wouldn't need to mutilate the book to get the pages to sit flat, but I realize there are a host of logistical reasons why this is a pain for both printers and vendors since spiral-bound books aren't as easy to stock, and can more easily be damaged.

Of course the content of the show and score itself is up to each one's personal preferences (I happen to enjoy it), but I felt the need to comment that as a book of musical vocal selections, this is an excellent example of how they should be done.
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on March 1, 2017
Good selection of the show's best songs.
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on May 9, 2017
The compositions are fine, but the book had an entire 24 page section that was assembled upside down. Makes it pretty tough to read.
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on January 17, 2012
This book is a must-have for anyone who is a fan of "The Book of Morman". It has all of the songs. The arrangements are not terribly difficult. The arrangements are written as accompaniment and as such are not suitable for a solo pianist. Even if you don't play piano it's a ton of fun just singing along to the CD. Well worth the price!
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on January 17, 2014
Of course the show is awesome, but this review is about this book. It is thorough, containing nearly all the musical numbers in the show. It includes the critical spoken lines. The layout is perfect. The included photos are of extremely high quality. Overall, I have zero compaints.
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on January 15, 2014
Great quality, not too challenging to play. The pictures in it are a nice touch. My only thought - it's really really thick. If you don't have a way to keep the pages open, you might want to invest in a clip or something. Great music though! Definitely worth purchasing :)
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on December 31, 2016
Exactly what my son wanted
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on October 13, 2015
Great stuff. Wonderfully clever lyrics. The arrangements are pretty easy for an intermediate pianist to play yet sound good.
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on April 12, 2014
This is a great music book for those who want to learn how to play songs from the hit musical the Book Of Mormon! Please note - the lyrics are VERY offensive! But now you can sing along to your favorite songs :)
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on January 21, 2014
This book is amazing, and I love that it has all of the songs in the musical. My only issue is that it will take a long time to break in and is hard to hold open, even with a clip. Otherwise, it is all good.
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