'Mormon' Musical Coming From 'South Park' Guys
By PopEater Staff Posted Apr 14th 2010 11:51AM
'South Park' masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Tony-winning 'Avenue Q' creator Robert Lopez, developed 'The Book of Mormon' for a Broadway run starting March 2011, the New York Times' Arts Beat blog is reporting Wednesday.
According to show producers, 'The Book of Mormon' will focus on two young missionaries along with the story of the religion's founder, Joseph Smith. A similar theme was covered by 'South Park' in one of their many religion-swiping episodes. It wasn't as big a take-down as their controversial shots at Scientology or Catholicism, but it still ruffled feathers in the church by mocking its members as gullible.
The episode, which aired in 2003, juxtaposed the story of a Mormon family moving to South Park with the story of Smith. It included a bouncy musical number that begins:
Stone, Parker and Lopez collaborated on the book, music and lyrics for the show. Parker is slated to co-direct with Jason Moore, who helmed 'Avenue Q' and 'Shrek the Musical.' No cast or theater information has been announced.CHORUS: Joseph Smith was called a prophet / Dum, dum, dum, dum, dum / He started the Mormon religion / Dum, dum, dum, dum, dum.
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