Another injury story out of the Spider-Man production arrived this morning. I’d post about it if I hadn’t just posted about Turn Off the Dark yesterday, and another one would be like bullying a sad little kid on the playground. Instead let’s focus on a musical that I’d probably catch if I found myself in NY in Spring: The Book of Mormon.
The new musical is the product of South Park scribes Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and yes, I’m a South Park fan. Heck, I liked BASEketball, too. The story focuses on two Mormon missionaries in Uganda, simultaneously telling their tale while recounting the tale of founder Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith as “back-story” is similar to the episode “All About Mormons” from South Park‘s seventh season. The use of Mormon missionaries calls back to an even earlier and more adult Parker/Stone comedy collaboration from 1997.
The musical will be co-directed by Trey Parker and Jason Moore, who also directed the musical/comedy Avenue Q, which is still playing off-Broadway, and the less successful Shrek: The Musical. Another Avenue Q alum, Robert Lopez, is composing the music.
Safe to assume that your millage may vary depending on your opinion of the humor in South Park. Previews start in February, and opening night is March 24 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. You can find tickets here: The Book of Mormon Tickets.