South Park creators to write Broadway musical lampooning Mormons

Mormons have now become a cultural joke as a result of their overbearing intervention into politics. Way to go! They went from an obscure, “misunderstood” religion that most people had heard of but didn’t know much about, to one of the most depised groups in America that is now the butt of everyone’s jokes! How’s that religious imperialism going for you guys? From the Independent:

They’ve tried noisy protests, consumer boycotts, and the odd act of minor terrorism. Now supporters of gay marriage have unveiled a new weapon in their war against the Mormon Church: satire.

The creators of the cartoon South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are planning to stage a Broadway musical based on the lives and (many) loves of typical members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

It will be co-written by the composer Robert Lopez, who wrote Avenue Q, the award-winning musical which sends-up another all-American institution, Sesame Street.

Cheyenne Jackson, an openly-gay Broadway star who appeared in the film United 93, said this week that he has agreed to play the lead role, a Mormon missionary, in the show, which is currently being work-shopped and is slated to open in 2009.

And who can forget South Park’s very special Mormon episode.


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