Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Book of Mormon" seeking to convert Hollywood

Packed and heading to Hollywood?
One of this Broadway season's breakout hits, "The Book of Mormon" may just be heading to to the big screen if the show's book writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker have their way.
Though the plot of the show is hardly traditional movie musical fare (or Broadway for that matter; it's about naive Mormon missionaries sent to convert an Ugandan village where poverty, AIDS and violence are rampant), Trey and Stone, who also have a little hit called "South Park" on Comedy Central, told that if they show continues to do boffo Broadway box office, a movie adaptation is almost a given.
"We've learned in our careers that as long as something is successful, they will give you money for it," Parker told "They just want to make money in Hollywood, they don't really care. As long as the musical continues to do well, I don't think it's going to be hard at all."
I caught the show in previews and thought despite the occasional raunchy bits, felt the overall experience was sweet and uplifting. With tickets to the musical on Broadway hard to come by, a movie musical just might gain a few more converts to this brilliant and touching show about the power of faith.
You can order tickets to the Broadway show at the show's website here.

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