South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone added four Olivier Awards to their belts tonight as their Book of Mormon stage musical won top kudos at the British theater honors. The comedy musical about Mormon missionaries won Best New Musical, Best Actor (Gavin Creel), Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Stephen Ashfield), and Best Theatre Choreographer (Casey Nicholaw). Drama Chimerica, out of the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre, won Best New Play and Best Director (Lyndsey Turner), Best Set Design (Es Devlin) and tied for Best Lighting Design (Tim Lutkin & Finn Ross) and Best Sound Design (Carolyn Downing). Lesley Manville won Best Actress honors for Ghosts and Rory Kinnear nabbed top male acting honors for Othello. See full list of winners below:
The movie version of The Book Of Mormon is inevitable, but it’s no wonder Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone and Scott Rudin are in no hurry. The musical just broke the house record at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre with $2.8 million, which breaks Wicked‘s tally for the highest eight performance gross in Broadway touring history. In a recent interview with Deadine, Rudin said that the show is a $250 million annual industry.
For the first time in South Park‘s 17-season, 240-ish-episode history, its creators blew deadline. Tonight’s episode did not get finished, Comedy Central said this afternoon. “On Tuesday night, South Park Studios lost power,” the network said. “From animation to rendering to editing and sound, all of their computers were down for hours, and they were unable to finish episode 1704 Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers in time for air tonight.” Said co-creator Trey Parker in a statement, “It sucks to miss an airdate, but after all these years of tempting fate by delivering the show last minute, I guess it was bound to happen.”
The new episode will air October 23. Tonight, Comedy Central will offer a rerun Live-Tweeted (I know, oxymoronic) presentation of Scott Tenorman Must Die at 10 PM ET/PT. The animated comedy series is much-loved by fans for its on-the-fly production schedule, which allows Parker and Matt Stone to weigh in very quickly on hot-button issues of that moment. Except when there’s a power outage that bites them in the backside.
Here’s an action shot of the South Park team dealing with the blackout. Check out a few more after the jump:
BREAKING: The producers of The Book Of Mormon opened the Tony winning hit Thursday night at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. They’ve announced that the show set a record for the biggest single day of sales in West End and Broadway history on the day following. Yesterday, between 10:00 AM and Midnight, the box office did £2,107,972, or $3,210,019 in ticket sales. Some 150,000 additional tickets have been made available and the show is now booking until January 11, 2014.
Cameron Mackintosh, who owns the theater and has had his share of big stage hits said: “After a phenomenal opening night I am delighted to see a phenomenal record-breaking post opening box office of over £2m. The Mormons have truly delivered a Heavenly hit!”
The Book Of Mormon, with book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, is produced in London by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and Sonia Friedman Productions. This is the latest of a swarm of broken records for the musical, which on Broadway has bested the Eugene O’Neill Theatre’s house record 44 times. The National Tour has continually broken house records across the country since opening in Denver in the summer of 2012, and the Chicago production holds the house record at the Bank of America Theatre. The musical, which won nine Tony Awards and a Grammy for Best Musical …
Later today Trey Parker and Matt Stone are going to declare their new Important Studios open for business (press release is below). On Monday, reports the New York Times, the South Park and Book of Mormon co-creators will announce a new production studio. “Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves,” the Times quotes the yet-unreleased Important Studios press release from the duo. Parker and Stone will use revenue from their very successful South Park, now in its 16th season on Comedy Central, and their Broadway blockbuster Book of Mormon to fund Important Studios to produce TV, Theater and Feature film projects – like a movie based on their Tony Award winning musical. But it’s not just their money on the table. In a deal partially orchestrated by WME’s Ari Emanuel, boutique bank The Raine Group have reportedly $60 million in Important Studios for approximately 20% of the company. WME has an investment itself in the media and sports focused bank. Both Parker and Stone are themselves both represented by WME.
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EXCLUSIVE: The Book Of Mormon on Broadway broke the house record of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre for the 39th time for the week ending August 19, with a gross of $1,651,064.00. While that is a big number for a theater with less than 1100 seats, there the musical just keeps topping itself. The show simultaneously broke new ground by cracking the house record at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, where the first National Tour opened last night. Colorado is the stomping grounds of South Park and its creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and it is the first stop of the show’s national expansion. For the same week ending August 19 (when the show was in previews), the musical turned in a gross of $1,340,947.00 for the week.
After getting their show to Broadway, winning nine Tony Awards including Best New Musical, what else is there for Bobby Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, composers/lyricists for The Book of Mormon? Well, just a day after Deadline reported the musical went into the black and investors will turn a profit on their $11.4 million investment, The Book of Mormon original Broadway cast recording was nominated for a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. We connected with Lopez and Parker (his South Park co-creator Stone was either mum, elsewhere or both) in the middle of a conference call Wednesday night after nominations were announced, and the guys sounded pretty jazzed. Who wouldn’t? They have a genuine affection for musicals — Parker mentioned that he and Stone grew up in Colorado “listening to cast recordings and local performances” and Lopez chimed in that he had similar experiences. Because they’re up against a Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes, we asked what was their favorite Porter song? Parker: “Anything Goes.” Lopez: “Kiss Me Kate.” The other musical revival they’re up against for Best Musical Theater Album is How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Favorite Frank Loesser song? Both: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Ummm, not Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 or 2? “Oh yes, both of them.” On that note it seemed best to let Lopez and Parker get on with celebrating, but we did …
While there is suspicion that the year-old Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark will have to run for decades to recoup its $75 million budget despite its glowing press, the same cannot be said of the Tony-winning The Book Of Mormon. The musical by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone this week recouped its capitalization and will now begin pouring cash into the pockets of investors. This is hardly a surprise: the musical continues to be Broadway’s hot ticket, and it has broken the house record 22 times at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre since opening March 24.
After winning nine Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, for The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker and Matt Stone went to The Daily Show for a victory lap. They talked breaking into the Broadway community, winning big at the Tonys and took a jab at troubled musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
Easter Sunday seems an appropriate time to focus on Hollywood’s treatment of the subject matter of religion. When it comes to making movies from various Biblical interpretations, conventional wisdom says stick close to scripture and the faithful will flock. Mel Gibson hewed closely to the New Testament with 2004′s The Passion of the Christ and the film grossed over $600 million worldwide to become the largest independent film of its day and the top-grossing non-English language film ever. But veering from that strategy can do more than alienate that audience segment as Universal Pictures found out when Martin Scorsese filmed 1988′s controversial and in some eyes blasphemous The Last Temptation of Christ from Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel and angry protesters were dragging crosses in front of the home of MCA Universal head Lew Wasserman. Have things changed since then?
Several filmmakers hope so because they are making movies that challenge faith tradions. These projects are very different from, say, big projects that include Fox’s stylized retelling of Moses leading the Israelite exodus out of Egypt, or Bedrock Films’ $30 million 3D reimagining of the story of creation as depicted in the Book of Genesis. But all of the following daring projects can take encouragement from The Book Of Mormon, the first Broadway musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker who teamed with Robert Lopez on the skewed look at the Mormon faithful. The result is a smash hit Tony Awards contender playing …