Trey Parker & Matt Stone discuss Mormonism at TAM5:
“When you read the beginnings of Mormonism, when you read the Joseph Smith story, you’re just like ‘Wow … wow, really?’ The idea of anybody like Joseph Smith, who can get people to give him money and let him have sex with their wives, I know ‘respect’ is the wrong word, but there’s something incredible about that. I want to know more about *those* guys. That’s just fascinating.”
All About The Mormons? (Commentary by Trey Parker & Matt Stone):
When the comedy writers for South Park produced a gross portrayal of Church history, individual Church members no doubt felt uncomfortable. But once again it inflicted no perceptible or lasting damage to a church that is growing by at least a quarter of a million new members every year.
I think I’ve still got some old “Yes on 8” signs lying around somewhere that I can repurpose for the protest I’ve planned. Any suggestions for pithy signage? Someone suggested “Joseph Smith died, Matt & Trey lied” but that seems awfully morbid. For anyone planning on catching the show who’d like to show up a half-hour early and join us on the sidewalk, please remember white shirts and ties for the guys, Sunday best for the gals, cheers!
Tickets go on sale to the general public November 19th. Previews begin February 24, 2011.
Update: New York Times Arts Beat blog:
Book of Mormon Announces Cast and Designers:
Josh Gad, a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and Andrew Rannells (Jersey Boys) will play Elders Cunningham and Price, a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place thats about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get, as described in a press release. Other cast members include Nikki M. James (All Shook Up), Rory OMalley (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Michael Potts (Grey Gardens) …
Previews begin at the Eugene ONeill Theater on Feb. 24, with opening night set for March 24.