March 24, 2011
Two young missionaries are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. After arriving in Africa, they find out that a successful mission in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence may not be as easy as they expected.
The show was born when longtime musical fans and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone first met with co-writer Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) who told them, “Let’s do something with Mormons.” Parker remembered in an interview, “It was just too weird to meet someone else that into Mormons and musicals.”
Early readings of the show began at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre in 2008. The musical was workshopped for three years before opening on Broadway for its first full production.
Book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez
Scott Rudin, Anne Garefino, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd., Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Kevin Morris, Jon B. Platt, Stuart Thompson
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Musical
—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Production of a Musical
—New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical
Growing up in Colorado, Trey Parker and Matt Stone became fascinated with the church and Mormon culture since they were surrounded by believers.