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

By Avi Steinberg   March 2013

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,…

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