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The Book of Mormon featured in The New York Times and Vogue.com

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES AND VOGUE.COM

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BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS BY

TREY PARKER, ROBERT LOPEZ AND MATT STONE

CHOREOGRAPHED BY CASEY NICHOLAW

DIRECTED BY TREY PARKER AND CASEY NICHOLAW

REHEARSALS BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 10

PREVIEWS BEGIN FEBRUARY 24

OPENING NIGHT MARCH 24 AT THE EUGENE O’NEILL THEATRE

The New York Times and Vogue.com recently wrote about THE BOOK OF MORMON, the new Broadway musical from the creators of “South Park” and the co-creator of Avenue Q.

 

On December 30, Ben Brantley, The New York Times, cited THE BOOK OF MORMON as the new musical he is looking forward to in 2011.   An excerpt follows:

 

“Since this BOOK OF MORMON is the brainchild of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the brilliant and routinely obscene “South Park” cartoon series, it is likely to feature words you would not hear in a Salt Lake City Sunday school. But it is also likely to have a high quotient of traditional (well, make that warped-traditional) American musical-comedy pizzazz and enthusiasm.

 

Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone, lest we forget, have shown an unexpected affinity for old-style Broadway razzmatazz, not only in the song-studded “South Park” series, but also in three feature-length films: the early, cheerfully gory Cannibal! The Musical (1993) and the better-known South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999), whence came the Oscar-nominated song “Blame Canada,” and Team America: World Police (2004), which featured an acute send-up of Rent.  (There are those — and they are not insane — who regard Bigger, Longer and Uncut as the great movie musical of the late 20th century.)

 

For THE BOOK OF MORMON, Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone have enlisted the collaboration of the composer Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) and the director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot), Broadway veterans who know that, in musicals, parody and sincerity are by no means mutually exclusive. Still, could a couple of guys from the world of cartoons become the new Comden and Green? Don’t rule out the possibility. It’s been a decade since I saw Bigger, Longer and Uncut, and I’m still humming the tune of a song whose title is unprintable in these pages.”
To read Ben Brantley’s complete article, click on the following link: Onstage, the Irreverent (and Maybe Irresistible).

 

At Vogue.com, writer Adam Green wrote about THE BOOK OF MORMON as one of the spring’s “musicals with attitude.”  Green wrote:

 

“Written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, the musical tells the story of a pair of teenage missionaries who get sent to Uganda, where can-do Mormon pep meets its match in disease, starvation, and warlords who shoot people in the face. It is, hands down, the filthiest, most offensive, and—surprise—sweetest thing you’ll see on Broadway this year, and quite possibly the funniest musical ever.”

 

To read Adam Green’s complete article, click on the following link: Get Cheeky

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of Comedy Central’s landmark animated series, “South Park”.  Tony Award-winner Lopez is composer and co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The world premiere musical is choreographed by three-time Tony Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON, which follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get, features Josh Gad as Elder Cunningham, Andrew Rannells as Elder Price, Nikki M. James as Nabalungi, Rory O’Malley as Elder McKinley and Michael Potts as Mafala Hatimbi, with Lewis Cleale, Scott Barnhardt, Justin Bohon, Darlesia Cearcy, Kevin Duda, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Brian Tyree Henry, John Eric Parker, Jason Michael Snow, Benjamin Schrader, Michael James Scott, Brian Sears, Lawrence Stallings, Rema Webb, Maia Nkenge Wilson and Tommar Wilson. The production will also feature Graham Bowen, Ta’rea Campbell and Tyson Jennette.

 

Parker and Stone make their Broadway musical writing debut with THE BOOK OF MORMON.  Parker and Stone have won four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for “South Park,” the team’s controversial, critically acclaimed series, which airs on Comedy Central.   “South Park” recently aired its 200th episode and begins its 15th season in April, 2011.

 

Parker and Stone’s credits also include the critically acclaimed films, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and Team America: World Police.

 

Parker 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 shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for the music and lyrics for “Blame Canada” from the film’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.

 

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.  With wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he wrote Finding Nemo: The Musical (playing Orlando since 2006), the Broadway-bound original musical Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse, 2011) and songs for Winnie The Pooh (Disney Feature Animation, 2011).  He shared two Emmy Awards for his music for “The Wonder Pets,” and an Emmy nomination for the “Scrubs” musical episode.

 

Casey Nicholaw received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Direction and Choreography for The Drowsy Chaperone and 2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Choreography for Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols. His additional New York credits include Elf: The Musical, the Encores! stagings for Anyone Can Whistle and Follies (direction/choreography), Bye Bye Birdie (choreography) and Can-Can (musical staging); Candide starring Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth at the New York Philharmonic and South Pacific at Carnegie Hall with Reba McIntyre and Brian Stokes Mitchell (also PBS “Great Performances”).   He directed and choreographed the world premieres of Minsky’s at Center Theater Group and Robin and the 7 Hoods at the Old Globe.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman.  Music supervision is by Stephen Oremus.

 

Tickets ($137.00 – $59.00) are currently available for pre-sale at SouthParkStudios.com.  Tickets will be available starting November 19 at 10:00 AM at Telecharge.com or by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200.

Performance schedule:

 

Beginning February 24

Monday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinee on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

Beginning March 28

Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 PM.

 

Beginning May 30

Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM.

 

Beginning September 5:
Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 PM.

 

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