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The Book of Mormon

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The Book of Mormon: About the Creators

Everyone knows the work of the creators of The Book of Mormon, although you might not know you do. Unless you haven’t watched television in the last 15 years, chances are that you’ve stumbled across an episode or two of the smash television series South Park. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park is a show about a group of elementary school-aged kids in South Park, Colorado, and all of their rather mature misadventures. Parker and Stone teamed up with Avenue Q composer and lyricist Robert Lopez to create the smash hit musical about a group of Mormon missionaries who travel to Uganda in an attempt to convert the natives to Mormonism.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone both grew up in Colorado and became friends when they were attending University of Colorado at Boulder together. They both came from a performing background, but needed the musical expertise of composer Robert Lopez to join their team in order to make The Book of Mormon a reality. The story of the development of this show is one that will sound very familiar to anyone who has ever worked professionally on Broadway: The development lasted for seven years, with the creators flying back and forth from New York to Los Angeles. One of the four original creative team members (Lopez’s Avenue Q partner Jeff Marx) left the project during development due to a lack of creative control, and the production team heard the entire show with a full orchestra pit only six days before its first paying audience on Broadway. But producer Scott Rudin opted not to develop the show off-Broadway, but instead booked the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, knowing that Parker and Stone work best when the stakes are truly high.

After a series of frantic previews, rehearsals, and rewrites, The Book of Mormon officially opened on Broadway on March 24, 2011. It went on to absolutely sweep the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards, and it won a Grammy award as well for Best Musical Theatre album. Four years later, it’s still one of the hottest tickets on the Great White Way.