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The Book of Mormon Returns to Belk Theater!

November 19, 2015
THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Company, (c) Joan Marcus, 2014

The Book of Mormon National Tour Company. Photo by Joan Marcus, 2014

Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon returns to Charlotte Feb. 23-March 6! Hailed by The New York Times as “the best musical of this century” and the winner of nine Tony Awards®, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar®-winning composer of Disney’s Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez.

David Larsen in The Book of Mormon National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus.

David Larsen in The Book of Mormon National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.

Check out a few frequently asked questions with answers from Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Bobby Lopez.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for The Book of Mormon?

Trey Parker: Matt and I went to see Avenue Q when it opened in 2003, and we were like, “Wow, this is actually really good.”  When it was over I was thinking, “This is exactly the kind of thing I’ve always dreamed about doing.”

Matt Stone: During intermission, we saw that we were thanked in the Playbill. “Well,” we thought, “that’s weird.”

Bobby Lopez: That’s because I saw the South Park movie when it opened in 1999, and I just thought, “Oh my God, this is exactly what I want to be doing.” A week after that, the idea came to me for Avenue Q.

Trey Parker: It happened purely by coincidence that Bobby showed up that night, he introduced himself and we went across the street for a drink.

Matt Stone: Bobby is younger than Trey and me, so he looked at us like elder statesman and asked what he should do next. We asked, “What did he want to do?” And he said, “I want to write something about Joseph Smith and the Mormons.”

Bobby Lopez: When I said Joseph Smith, they were like, “We’ve wanted to do that, too!”  They had it in their heads to do some kind of Joseph Smith musical, but never did. I said, “If you guys want to do that, that’s fine, because I’d really love to see what you do, more than what I would do.”

Trey Parker: It just became ridiculously obvious that we should team up and do something about Mormons. So we said, “No, let’s do it together.”

Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand in The Book of Mormon National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand in The Book of Mormon National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Q: The Book of Mormon is provocative, in the same way that South Park is provocative. Are there boundaries?

Matt Stone: There’s a catharsis in being able to really laugh at some of the goofier ideas of religion without necessarily laughing at the people practicing them. We never like to make a “point,” per se. We want to give you room to feel what the show is saying to you. We don’t want to tell anybody what the point is, or what the politics are. It’s up to you to figure out what it meant.

Q: How would you describe the show to someone who is a traditional musical theater fan?

Bobby Lopez: The musical is a machine that’s designed to bring you down and raise you up, and to give you a positive, uplifting experience. I want the musical to show people the nadir of human experience. For this musical, it’s about faith. It’s about religious feeling. And I think we show a character that loses his faith, and we give his faith back to him in a better way at the end. And I hope that the experience of the audience mirrors that, whether it’s a religious experience or just feeling entertained.

CLICK HERE to view show times for The Book of Mormon coming to Belk Theater in February! But hurry before it sells out!


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