Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the minds behind Comedy Central’s hit series South Park, are finishing up on their latest project. A new TV series? Another movie? Nope. According to Variety, the two are working on an off Broadway musical rumored to be about Mormons. There haven’t been a whole lot of details regarding the project, but what is known is that the musical is slated for an August-September run in the New York Theater Workshop.
Hearing that the South Park guys are producing a stage play might seem ridiculous and it absolutely is. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be great. Let’s look at the facts here. Matt and Trey have long had a comedic fascination with Mormons. The title character of the pair’s Orgazmo is a Mormon. And the Mormons are constant fodder on South Park. An entire episode was dedicated to trashing Joseph Smith while another episode plainly stated that Mormons are the only people would be allowed into Heaven. To be fair, though, Mormons are far from the only religion to take a bashing from Parker and Stone. Catholicism has been lampooned several times. Any given episode might have Cartman spouting anti-Semitic insults at Kyle, or Jesus appearing in Imaginationland. Even Scientology and Atheism have been raked over the coals. As disrespectful and irreverent as Parker and Stone can be about religion, their takes on religion are usually clever and almost always genuinely funny. Hit the jump for more on why this is almost as great as taking revenge on Scott Tenorman.
If there’s another thing that Parker and Stone love, it’s musical numbers. Songs are a big part of their career. Sometimes getting a laugh is as simple as having Cartman sing “Poker Face” or changing the lyrics to 2Pac’s “California Love.” But the two have shown a talent for creating original, entertaining songs. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut gave the world such classics as “Uncle Fucker” and the Academy Award-nominated “Blame Canada.” Would Team America be nearly as good without the soundtrack? I submit that it would not.
The bottom line is that Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been doing this stuff for years, just not on stage. And while it may not revolutionize theater or even last longer than it’s brief off Broadway run, but I’m willing to bet that it’s going to be awesome while it lasts.