Obviously, Trey Parker and Matt Stone - the creators and driving forces of "South Park" - need new worlds to conquer. They've already done TV, movies ("South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" and "Team America: World Police") and off-Broadway theater ("Cannibal! The Musical," adapted from Parker's student film).
Next on their list: Broadway.
The pair are teaming up with "Avenue Q" composer and co-creator Robert Lopez for "The Book of Mormon," a new musical scheduled to hit the Great White Way in March 2011.
The musical is based on the Book of Mormon, a sacred text of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Though Stone and Parker were coy as to details, they did say in a statement that they thought the work "would make a great musical."
"Having a show on Broadway is a dream come true for us and we can't wait to share 'The Book of Mormon' with everyone," Parker and Stone said in the statement.
It wouldn't be the first time they've taken on Mormon history - an episode of "South Park" was called "All About Mormons."
And, as "South Park" fans well know, Parker and Stone love musicals. "South Park" is full of song-and-dance numbers, and "Team America" took frequent breaks from puppet pyrotechnics to break into song. Heck, Parker and Marc Shaiman were nominated for an Oscar for "Bigger, Longer and Uncut's" song "Blame Canada."
Parker and Stone have more to celebrate this week: "South Park" marks its 200th episode Wednesday night.
"Would this musical be produced if were about Jews or Muslims?"
Yeah what we really need is some snappy show tunes about cremating and gassing human beings or maybe blowing up women and children. Whats wrong with these guys? I thought they wanted controversy? Of course we all know what they really want to do is make money catering to the lowest common comedy denominator with what they percieve as the least amount of risk .
These guys are cowards that only have whats left of half a ball to cut down decent human beings because they choose not to rise to that standard. If they had any real courage they'd take on muslim extremists. I know of at least one political cartoonist that has more courage than these guys.
They see the Mormons as an easy target thats all. Crap rolls down hill by the easiest possible path. Roll with it if you want, but you come out with the same stink at the bottom looking up. The mormons will stay above this and I'm betting it will do more to create interest in their religion than damage it.
I know that these men don't shy away from controversial material, as well as sharing their perspective on LDS (Mormon) beliefs, which are typically not accurate. We all have a right to free speech and opinions, but I am very sad and disappointed that one of our sacred texts we know to be the word of God will be publicly mocked in front of a paying audience, and that someone in the entertainment business thought it would be a good idea to put it on Broadway. It's unfortunate that so many individuals find humor in the castigation and humiliation of other's personal beliefs and values.
OMG!! CanNOT wait! Can I buy tickets now???
The songs from SP are some of the best things about it, completely clever and singable, both.
To those who worry about it, songs have already been written about jews and muslims. Perhaps all will be incorporated into one big religion-filled mash up of a finale.
I guess since there is a big enough population that thinks its funny to ridicule minority groups, this may be an economic success. Their next project, "Gays and Jews: the Musical."
Would this musical be produced if were about Jews or Muslims?
About Jews? Of course...have you heard of Fiddler on the Roof? How about The Twilight of the Golds? How about The Producers? We Jews have a lot in common with Muslims theologically, but certainly we do a better job of laughing about ourselves in theatre, TV, film, etc.
trey parker and matt stone for prez and vice 2012!!!
comic geniuses, and not afraid to keep it real no matter what the opinions and consequences are.
The mormons will be all in a tizzy.
But what will happen.....
Will people see that mormonism is totally looney... or realize that its teachings are no more farcical than more mainstream religions...
I think that only difference between a cult and a religion is number of followers.
Oh my god I cannot wait for this - both from the point of view of the creators AND the brouhaha that's going to result. Popcorn, anyone?
Hilarious. Its about time.
This might actually work. I am not a fan of South Park but these guys do have talent. If they find the right audience that is willing to pay Broadway prices, they just might have something special.
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