The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon : The Testament of a Broadway Musical

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"The Book of Mormon", which follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get, features book, music, and lyrics by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of "South Park") and Robert Lopez (co-creator of the hit musical comedy "Avenue Q"). The show is choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's "Spamalot", "The Drowsy Chaperone") and is co-directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Parker, Stone and Lopez worked on the show for seven years and, as Parker said on opening night March 24, 2011. The show is what we wanted it to be. It's the show we fantasized about, what we hoped for and dreamed of. Little could they have dreamed of the monster success the show has become: nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, twelve Drama Desk Awards, a Grammy-winning cast album, universally rave reviews, sold-out performances on Broadway, a national touring company to start a 17-city beginning August 14, 2012 in Denver and continuing through August 2013, a third company in Chicago opening in December, and a fourth in London opening in March 2013.
Here now, in an original eye-catching design, one gorgeous illustrated book that goes from Creation to Exultation, with: hundreds of full-color, behind-the-scene photos and drawings; revealing commentaries and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the writers, director, choreographer, orchestrator, lighting designer, costume designer, and the entire Broadway cast, most culled from new interviews conducted especially for this book; an exclusive article chronicling the show's creation written especially for this book by theater critic and author Steven Suskin, focusing on the creators - Parker, Lopez and Stone - their collaboration, and their influences; the annotated script and lyrics, with commentaries from the creators and cast; forewords by Frank Rich and Mark Harris; in the section called Exultation, Ben Brantley's "New York Times" review in full; extracts from numerous other rave reviews; listing of awards. It's all here, in one, deliriously delightful book, the experience of the creators and cast behind the most amazing show to hit Broadway in decades.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 241 x 273 x 23mm | 1,374g
  • Newmarket Press,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0062234943
  • 9780062234940
  • 112,785

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Hello. I would like to share with you the most amazing book.

In celebration of the making of The Book of Mormon, the authors, production team, and entire original cast recount their experiences as they grew their show from the initial idea to opening night on Broadway. With the complete book and lyrics annotated by the full creative team and cast, along with more than 700 photographs and illustrations, they share the journey that began one night in a Manhattan bar and culminated seven years later in the achievement that is The Book of Mormon.
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Review quote

"The best musical of this century. Heaven on Broadway. The Book of Mormon achieves something like a miracle." -- Ben Brantley, New York Times "A crowning achievement. A huge smash success. So good it makes me angry. -- Jon Stewart, The Daily Show "Matt and Trey: Where have you been all my life? The Book of Mormon deserves worship. Approach the altar of Parker and Stone." -- Peter Marks, Washington Post The Book of Mormon is not just great theater. [It's] great writing." -- Mark Harris, Book of Mormon Script Book, Foreword "**** the new gold standard for Broadway. The Book of Mormon is on its march into legend. History is made." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone "The best new musical of the 21st century." -- Kurt Andersen, NPR "Surely goes further than any musical in Broadway history. Hilariously profane and wholly hilarious." -- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune "Hilarious, uproarious, and highly entertaining. Parker and Stone may offend thousands if not more, and bless their iconoclastic hearts for it." -- David Finkle, Huffington Post ...pick up the just released The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical. This tome includes over 700 behind-the-scenes photos and drawings, commentaries and anecdotes from the creators and cast, and the complete book and lyrics. -- Maxim
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About Trey Parker

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, met Bobby Lopez, the co-creator of Avenue Q, in 2003. That meeting inspired them to create a musical comedy that the New York Times would one day call "the best musical of this century."
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