"The Book of Mormon," the musical satire by "South Park" weisenheimers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, opened Thursday night in New York -- and, according to one industry observer, it could be the saving grace of an otherwise lackluster season on Broadway.
Broadway news this season has been dominated by the troubles behind-the-scenes of the long-delayed "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Between that and Broadway’s overreliance on movie adaptations, the one bright spot on the season, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney, is "The Book of Mormon."
"Every theater season -- which runs June through May -- needs a powerhouse hit to galvanize theatergoers, draw media attention and spill a little of its glow onto other productions. With the future of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ now uncertain as that show goes on hiatus for an extensive overhaul, ‘Mormon’ might just take that top spot. The show's robust sales during previews have been a strong indicator."
Rooney also predicted that Parker and Stone will be up for some Tony nominations, "provided Tony voters are not clutching their pearls in shock over the show's torrent of profanities."
Reviews for the show have been positive. Here’s a sampling:
For a little background, go back and read the Tribune's Peggy Fletcher Stack's interview with the musical's co-creator, Matt Stone.
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