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Book of Mormon: new musical comedy to bow Mar 2011

The Book Of Mormon, a new original musical comedy from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer and co-creator Robert Lopez, will premiere on Broadway in Mar 2011. The world premiere will be directed by Jason Moore and Trey Parker.

Parker and Stone's landmark animated television series "South Park" celebrates its 200th episode this week. "South Park" premiered on Comedy Central in 1997. Parker and Stone have won four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for the controversial, critically acclaimed series.

Their credits also include the films, "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" and "Team America: World Police."

The team co-wrote the musical numbers for "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut." Parker received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for his music and lyrics for "Blame Canada" from the musical's score. The New York Film Critics Circle also honored "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" with the organization's first award ever presented for Best Animated Film.

Parker and Stone make their Broadway musical writing debut with The Book Of Mormon.

Parker and Stone said, "Growing up in Colorado, a lot of our friends were Mormons and we always thought their book would make a great musical. We loved 'Avenue Q' and are having a blast working with Bobby Lopez. Having a show on Broadway is a dream come true for us and we can't wait to share The Book Of Mormon with everyone."

Robert Lopez is co-creator, composer and lyricist for 'Avenue Q,' which won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and received a Grammy nomination for its Original Cast Album. Avenue Q played for six years on Broadway and is currently running Off-Broadway and in London.

Lopez said "It has been such a thrill to get to work with two guys I've always admired so much, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Their "South Park" movie musical is beloved within the Broadway community - it was certainly one of my biggest influences writing 'Avenue Q.' It's been a lot of work and a lot of laughs, and I'm so excited by the show. It really is in many senses a big traditional musical comedy, with, as you might expect, untraditional subject matter. I can't wait to see how Broadway audiences are going to react when they experience it."

Jason Moore has been represented on Broadway with 'Avenue Q,' 'Steel Magnolias' and 'Shrek, The Musical.' He directed 'Jerry Springer: The Opera' at Carnegie Hall. His Off-Broadway credits include 'Avenue Q '(New World Stages, Vineyard), 'Speech and Debate' (Roundabout), 'Guardians' (the Culture Project) and 'The Crumple Zone.'

The Book Of Mormon will be produced by Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino.

Theatre, cast and additional creative team will be announced at a later date.

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