The musical, “The Book of Mormon”, has 14 Tony Awards nominations. Some of the nominations include, Best Original Score, Best Musical, and Best Book of a Musical. Written by the creators of “South Park”, Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, the musical is said to be anything but the norm for Broadway.
The musical satire is about two Mormon missionaries sent to Africa to spread the word. They find that the Ugandans aren’t that interested in the Mormon religion and do not like the Mormon elders. Elder Price has little knowledge of the Book of Mormon but proceeds to make up stories and create a mish-mash of Mormon doctrine. In the end, his faith is tested. Trey Parker explains, “Once it became an emotional story, then it all started coming into place.”
Filled with the offensive jokes style that the “South Park” creators are known for, the musical has dominated the Tony nominations. “We are extremely offensive,” said Parker “but we always try to come out at the end going, ‘Look, this is what I’ve figured out!’ Comedy done right is in itself optimistic and has heart.” “Book of Mormon” actor Rory O’Malley said, “People are excited when they sit down in those seats because they don’t know what’s going to happen. This is dangerous in the best sense.”
Actual Mormons haven’t really made clear their thoughts on the musical. Their initial comment when the play opened was, “The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.”
The Tony Awards air June 12 at the Beacon Theatre live on CBS.