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The secret behind the hit musical by the creators of South Park

The Book of Mormon: “I usually become suicidal when a grinning idiot on stage breaks into song, but the musical numbers are sheer pleasure” © Joan Marcus/AP/Press Association Images


Nobody who is familiar with the work of Trey Parker and Matt Stone is surprised that their Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, has found an audience. As the profane auteurs behind the animated TV series South Park and numerous other projects, the duo don’t seem capable of anything less than devastatingly accurate aim. For over 20 years and three American presidencies, they have deployed armies of half-dimensional dolls in the service of satire. Parker and Stone have become America’s public champions of clear-eyed common sense.

Even so, nobody predicted the magnitude of the show’s success. The Book of Mormon began on Broadway in 2011 and tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries in Uganda. It soon became a

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Avi Steinberg

Avi Steinberg is currently writing a book that explores the Book of Mormon by visiting sites from the Mormon story 


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