I don’t know how many (if any) of our readers here care about the Tony Awards. The Tonys (and Broadway in general) are not something that I generally give much thought. However, I felt it worth reporting that ‘South Park’ creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker pretty much swept the awards ceremony that aired Sunday on CBS with their satirical religious musical ‘Book of Mormon’. This almost makes up for that Oscar debacle from a few years back. I guess it’s a good thing that Phil Collins didn’t have a show on Broadway this year.
‘Book of Mormon’ took home an impressive 9 Tonys (out of 14 nominations) in all:
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Lighting of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Here’s a clip from the number “I Believe” that was performed during the broadcast:
A lot of the lyrics here remind me of that famous episode of ‘South Park’ that systematically deconstructed the Scientology belief system. With lyrics like the following, it seems clear that Parker and Stone are trying to do the same for Mormonism. For example:
“I believe that in 1978 God changed his mind about black people”
“I believe that God lives on a planet called Kobol
I believe that Jesus has his own planet as well
And I believe that the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri”
It’s kind of amazing that they could put lines like that to music and make them catchy.
In related news, the notorious disaster ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ wasn’t nominated for any Tonys (it doesn’t technically open until tonight, despite audiences having seen it for the past six months), but still got the following tedious performance featured at the ceremony:
For the complete list of nominees and winners, see the official Tony Awards web site.