Book of Mormon musical offers gay missionary

(Original story appears here in the Advocate.)

The Book of Mormon, a forthcoming original musical cowritten by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, is the “filthiest, most offensive” and “sweetest” show bound for Broadway next year, according to Vogue.

Vogue describes the musical as “the story of a pair of teenage missionaries who get sent to Uganda, where can-do Mormon pep meets its match in disease, starvation, and warlords who shoot people in the face.” One of the lead characters in the show is gay and will attempt to contain his sexuality.

The magazine goes on to call The Book of Mormon “hands down, the filthiest, most offensive, and — surprise — sweetest thing you’ll see on Broadway this year, and quite possibly the funniest musical ever.”

While The Book of Mormon is the first Broadway musical by Parker and Stone, they are no strangers to the form or inserting subversive and explicit gay content into their projects, such as their acclaimed 1999 animated musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

The Book of Mormon will begin previews February 24 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, with an official opening planned for March 24.

 

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