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‘The Book of Mormon’ wins nine Tonys

c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune

(RNS) The irreverent and hilarious The Book of Mormon musical dominated the 65th annual Tony Awards on Sunday (June 12), winning the award for Best Musical and becoming one of the most honored productions in Broadway history.

Broadway neophytes Trey Parker and Matt Stone thanked their South Park fans and the audiences who are packing the show. “You guys made this show what it is,” Parker said. “And therefore, you’re going to have to atone for it one day.”

He went on to jokingly thank the “co-writer who passed away. Mr. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. He couldn’t be here tonight, but — you did it, Joseph! You got the Tony!”


The three-hour ceremony served as a buildup to the foregone conclusion that the boisterous, profane and, yes, surprisingly sweet production would win the big award.

The Book of Mormon won nine Tonys after receiving 14 nominations. Only The Producers (12) and South Pacific (10) have taken home more Tonys, officially known as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre.

The Book of Mormon was written by South Park co-creators Parker and Stone, who created South Park, and Robert Lopez, co-creator of the irreverent, Tony-winning musical Avenue Q.

Nikki M. James, who won as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Nabalungi, thanked Parker, Stone and Lopez “for writing the most incredible show, the funniest and most beautiful, heartfelt musical that’s changing the face of American musical theater.”

(Scott D. Pierce writes for The Salt Lake Tribune.)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Georgia Dude

    Just another liberal propaganda show. Big deal!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Think it is neat that the guys from South Park are the creators!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    And you KNOW that these guys – who created one of the most affective publicity pieces for the LDS – could not get into The Temple for someone’s wedding (see the other article).

    Georgia Dude,
    I have no clue how you see this as liberal propaganda. I guess you would rather have Ted Nugent stage a musical on Feline Facial Tears.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    jestrfyl, maybe because they brought such a large amount of good publicity to the LDS, they could get special permission to attend a wedding in THE Temple! Maybe….:o)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    sad that to make a joke out of a religious institution is considered a hit but it is understandable considering those who worship and follow the south park religion have insatiable appetites for such nonsensical attacks on the church.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    I think it was supposed to be humor, not a joke about the Mormons.
    I don’t think anyone can go to a wedding in the Mormon Temple, if they hadn’t been married there themselves.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment faith Defender

    Cknuck, I strongly urge you to read Rabbi Hirschfield’s column on this show that was posted today. The whole point of the show is to laugh WITH not at the Mormons….

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ElBruce

    Actually, Parker’s comment is right on. Joseph Smith earning a Tony award is a big deal – to date, popular culture hasn’t been interested in an in-depth artistic examination of Mormons’ experience of their faith. Jews, Catholics and many others have been riffed on in popular culture for many decades (“Sister Act” is also now playing on Broadway), but much of America have kept Mormons at an uncomfortable arm’s length before now; consider the muttered concerns of the GOP regarding Mitt Romney over his faith today, even though exactly the same concerns had been settled regarding Catholics since JFK over 50 years ago.

    This show, as acerbic as much of it is regarding their dogma, at its heart constitutes a respectful tip-of-the-hat to Mormons’ strength of faith, optimism, and personal commitment to good works. I think it could be a big step forward in a level of general acceptance in society that’s been missing before now. As a few have said, in time it could become the Mormon “Fiddler On The Roof.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    respectfully faith defender I’d rather see a Mormon review than a rabbis

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    I’ve been told by my Broadway queen friends that Mormons are FLOCKING to the show. AND that they seem to love it.

    I wish some posters wouldn’t speak from a position of ignorance all the time.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    your queen friend who is not Mormon obviously thinks they can speak for Mormons I can see why you guys would be friends you have so much in common. Yes I would love one of those Mormons to comment, that is not a position of ignorance to anyone but a fool.

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