‘The Book of Mormon’ Opens at Heinz Hall; Squirrel Nut Zippers Play Jergel’s (Tues., 4/16/19)

1) If you missed The Book of Mormon last time it was in town you’ll know to reserve tickets early. The show won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2011; it has been called one of the best musicals ever. In an age when few things can shock an audience, this work by the creators of the “South Park” TV series is shockingly (and hilariously) irreverent while also being surprisingly uplifting. Two naïve young Mormon missionaries are sent to win converts in a remote part of Africa where the locals are, shall we say, skeptical. It’s like The Poisonwood Bible meets the Marx Brothers but naughtier than either, and unless you want your kids to hear songs like “Hasa Diga Eebowai,” don’t bring them. The U.S. touring company performs The Book of Mormon as part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Series at Heinz Hall. Performance continue through April 21. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

2) Squirrel Nut Zippers, which formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, released their first studio album in 18 years, Beasts of Burgundy, in 2018. The reunion continues with a concert at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird has collaborated with them on previous albums. “Ghost of Stephen Foster” is a fun tribute to a Pittsburgh native. 8 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. (CM)