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Book of Mormon Songwriter to Sing in the Key of Springfield

Robert Lopez, the Tony Award-winning songwriter of Avenue Q and Book of Mormon, has written an original song that will be used in the April 29th episode of The Simpsons. This comes almost nine years to day of the last time The Simpsons featured a completely new song that was not a parody (the last was during season 14's "Dude, Where's My Ranch?), which is pretty crazy, considering how big music was to the earlier seasons of the show. The song will be sung by guest-star Steve Coogan, who will play a cruise ship entertainment director who, "entertains the ship's passengers with a song that causes Bart to [...]

Sharp Teeth And A Big Heart: Trey Parker And Matt Stone On 60 Minutes

Trey Parker and Matt Stone's 60 Minutes interview is, in large part, an impressive look back at how often the South Park guys have just killed it, beginning with Cannibal! The Musical in 1993 and ending (so far) with this year's Book of Mormon. The most awe-inspiring aspect of Parker and Stone's success, however, would have to be the fact that they've sustained a functional 20-year-long creative partnership without some kind of Hollywood-style hotel-room-torching break-up. "At this point, it's kind of like a marriage," admits Stone. Says Parker, "It's funny. We're just at that level now where it just doesn't happen anymore where one of us can say [...]

Book of Mormon Going on Tour Four Months Early

Book of Mormon, the perpetually sold out Tony Award hoarder from Matt Parker and Trey Stone, is getting the national tour treatment earlier than expected; it's heading to Denver next August, not in December as earlier reported. It's still a long way off, but at this point it's almost as long as you'd have to wait to buy tickets to the original on Broadway, so I guess you've gotta take what you can get.

A Book of Mormon Tour Is in the Works

Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Book of Mormon has been a huge success, selling out shows through the late summer, garnering 14 Tony nominations and paying for extra wings to be added to each of their solid-gold mansions. But what of the people nowhere near NYC who want to check it out? There's the soundtrack, but that's not quite the same of seeing the show in person. Never fear! A tour of the show is in the works, kicking off in Denver starting in December of 2012. There's also talk of a show in London, although that one's less nailed down at this point. In any [...]

A Book of Mormon Movie Is Pretty Much Inevitable

Tickets for The Book of Mormon are both expensive and difficult to come by, with the Broadway show sold out well into the summer already. But it sounds like it'll get much easier to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone's super-popular musical, at least on a long enough timeline, as they've been discussing adapting it into a movie with producer Scott Rudin.

No concrete plans are set up yet, and no studio is attached, but all involved say it'll happen sooner or later. Getting the cash to make it shouldn't be tough, according to Parker: “We’ve learned in our careers that as long as something is successful, they [...]

The Grammys Are Coming, the Grammys Are Coming

The Grammy nominations are in, and there's a lotta comedy in there. First, the big one: Best Comedy Album. And the nominees are:

Alpocalypse – "Weird Al" Yankovic [Jive Records]

Finest Hour – Patton Oswalt [Comedy Central Records]

Hilarious – Louis C.K. [Comedy Central Records]

Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant – Kathy Griffin [Universal Network Television]

Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island [Universal Republic]

But comedians didn't restrict themselves to the comedy-specific categories alone. Both Tina Fey's Bossypants and Betty White's If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) are nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category. Seth MacFarlane is up for Best [...]

60 Minutes To Profile Trey Parker And Matt Stone This Sunday

Trey Parker and Matt Stone will stop by 60 Minutes this coming Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7:00pm to discuss the success of Book of Mormon, give a behind-the-scenes tour of South Park Studios and finally reveal once and for all whether or not they kiss their mother with those filthy, filthy potty mouths.

Book of Mormon's Bobby Lopez Explains The Musical's Star Wars Shout-Out

These aren't the maggot-ridden scrotums you're looking for. Book of Mormon's Bobby Lopez reveals to Studio 360 the subtle Star Wars homage he slipped into the score's opening number. Which makes sense, because religion is the same as literature, or something to that effect.

Listen To The Full Book Of Mormon Cast Recording

It should go without saying that the Book of Mormon cast recording is beyond NSFW, unless you happen to work at an asshole factory. It's also peppy and exhilarating and will make reading the five hundred emails you got over the weekend less grueling. Now get to work; people need those new mint-condition assholes!

Parker, Stone, And Lopez On The Writing Process For Book Of Mormon, Sacrificing Mighty Ducks Jokes

Over at Vulture Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez discuss writing the songs in the Book of Mormon, and the necessity of sacrificing a specific joke to enhance the show as a whole. Much like how we had to sacrifice Emilio Estevez's career to benefit American filmmaking as a whole. Realizing they had to re-write the song "The Bible Is A Trilogy Too" to focus more on the historical background of Joseph Smith, the writing team was distraught to lose a running gag about The Matrix: Revolutions. As a result of the change, audience will also never get to see a dying Joseph Smith shouting, [...]

Book of Mormon's Robert Lopez Co-Writing A South Park Ep

Get your toes to taping and your mouth set to "filth," because Book of Mormon co-creator Robert Lopez is co-writing a South Park episode this week. "Going to LA tomorrow to help write an episode of South Park!" the Tony Award-winning composer tweeted yesterday. When asked when the episode would air, Lopez replied, "week from tomorrow!" He also claimed, "no idea!" when asked if the episode would be a musical, but come on. COME ON.

There Will Be a Book of Mormon Movie, Eventually

With the insane success of Broadway's Book of Mormon, it's only natural to wonder if a movie will be made from it. After all, who can forget how great the movie version of The Producers was? But the answer is yes, yes they will adapt it for the screen; it just might not be for a while. Since the show is still selling out months in advance on Broadway, and a touring version is in the works for next year, there are still a lot of dollars to be made from the stage version.

But once they've squeezed every last drop from the beach towel soaked with [...]

Book Of Mormon's Josh Gad on Almost Refusing The Role, Wildly Thrusting His Pelvis

Despite his nearly painful enthusiasm on-stage, Tony-nominated Book of Mormon's Josh Gad wasn't immediately thrilled at the thought of so much blasphemy, for fear of, you know, being murdered. "When I first got the phone call three years ago, the very first thing that I was sent was that very controversial number [“Fuck You, God”] about where God can shove it," he explained in his Vulture interview. "And it was completely out of context and I called up my agent and I said, 'I don’t know if I can do this.' Not because I don’t think Trey and Matt and Bobby [Lopez, who co-created the musical] are [...]

Book of Mormon Tops the Tony Nomination List with 14 Nominations

Book of Mormon has gotten almost unanimously positive reviews and is sold out for months, and now it's given the South Park guys another reason to brag: it got 14 Tony nominations, more than any other show. It's nominations include Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, two nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, and a whole slew more. Suck on that, Priscilla Queen of the Desert!