Lovers of traditional theater beware: The creators of "South Park" are coming to Broadway. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are teaming up with Robert Lopez, co-creator of puppet musical Avenue Q, to produce a Broadway show about mormonism. The Book of Mormon, set to open in March 2011, will reportedly "juxtapose a tale of two young Mormon missionaries with the story of Joseph Smith, who founded Mormonism in the 19th century," according to The New York Times.
Given the mockery South Park has heaped on Catholicism and Scientology, some in the Mormon brotherhood are already worried. Latter-Day Saints should brace themselves for "biting satire at the expense of their culture and most sacred beliefs and history," says Joel Campbell at the Mormon Times. Meanwhile, Mormon blogger John Dehlin welcomes the news, saying it will give the church much-needed publicity. "The Jews got Fiddler. The Catholics got The Sound of Music," he tells the Salt Lake Tribune. For a (possible) taste of what's to come, watch this clip from "South Park":
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- It's official: The religious right is calling it quits
- Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects
- 6 tiny scientific mistakes that created huge disasters
- Inside Turkey's shadow war with ISIS
- How science is accelerating our search for alien life
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1: 10 major differences between the book and the movie
- The dangerously childish morality of liberal ObamaCare supporters
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
Subscribe to the Week