DIRECTED BY JASON MOORE and TREY PARKER
“THE BOOK OF MORMON”, a new original musical comedy from “South Park”
creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and /Avenue Q/ composer and
co-creator Robert Lopez, will premiere on Broadway in March, 2011.
The world premiere will be directed by Jason Moore and Trey Parker.
Parker and Stone’s landmark animated television series “South Park”
celebrates its 200th episode this week. “South Park” premiered on
Comedy Central in 1997. Parker and Stone have won four Emmy Awards and
a Peabody Award for the controversial, critically acclaimed series.
Their credits also include the critically acclaimed films, South
Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and Team America: World Police.
The team co-wrote the musical numbers for /South Park: Bigger, Longer
and Uncut/. The film’s accomplished and outrageous score surprised and
delighted critics and audiences. Parker received an Academy Award
nomination for Best Song for his music and lyrics for “Blame Canada”
from the musical’s score. The New York Film Critics Circle also
honored /South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut/ with the organization’s
first award ever presented for Best Animated Film.
Parker and Stone make their Broadway musical writing debut with THE
BOOK OF MORMON.
“Growing up in Colorado, a lot of our friends were Mormons and we
always thought their book would make a great musical,” Parker and
Stone said. “We loved /Avenue Q/ and are having a blast working with
Bobby Lopez. 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.”
Robert Lopez is co-creator, composer and lyricist for Avenue Q,
which won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and received a
Grammy nomination for its Original Cast Album. Avenue Q played for
six years on Broadway and is currently running Off-Broadway and in
“It has been such a thrill to get to work with two guys I’ve always
admired so much, Matt Stone and Trey Parker,” Lopez said. “Their
“South Park” movie musical is beloved within the Broadway community
– it was certainly one of my biggest influences writing Avenue Q.
It’s been a lot of work and a lot of laughs, and I’m so excited by the
show. It really is in many senses a big traditional musical comedy,
with, as you might expect, untraditional subject matter. I can’t wait
to see how Broadway audiences are going to react when they experience
Jason Moore has been represented on Broadway with Avenue Q, Steel
Magnolias and Shrek, The Musical. He directed Jerry Springer: The
Opera at Carnegie Hall. His Off-Broadway credits include Avenue Q
(New World Stages, Vineyard), Speech and Debate (Roundabout),
Guardians (the Culture Project), The Crumple Zone.
THE BOOK OF MORMON will be produced by Scott Rudin and Anne
Theater, cast and additional creative team will be announced at a