If your life changed in 1997 after watching the first episode of South Park, you are not alone. The shows creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have enjoyed thirteen years of success on the show and on other projects including two movies, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and Team America: World Police.
The boys have now teamed up with Tony Award winner Robert Lopez, the composer and co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q and three-time Tony Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw will choreograph The Book of Mormon.
Their Broadway debut 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 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. Additional casting will be announced soon.
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.
The production opens on Broadway on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street). Previews begin on February 24, 2011.