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Mormon musical from ‘South Park’ creators ‘surprisingly sweet’

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 21, 2011 | 4:40 pm

The Book of Mormon” opens in three days. It’s from the creators of “South Park,” two writers who have definitely had fun at the expense of the Mormon religion.

The Broadway play has been getting good reviews. It doesn’t pull punches, but it’s also “surprisingly sweets,” writes Peggy Fletcher Stack of the Salt Lake Tribune:

Sure enough, the production is bawdy, sexually explicit and irreverent. Many believers — especially older viewers or those easily offended — would see it as a blasphemous assault on scriptures, much like the pair’s animated TV series. But the satire and tone were not as hostile as many Mormons feared (though this was a preview and parts could change before the March 24 opening).

“I was expecting to be offended,” said Anne Christensen, a 22-year-old LDS New Yorker, “but was pleasantly surprised by how incredibly sweet it was.”

Her mother, Janet Christensen, added: “It’s not G-rated, but they treated us with affection. And they did their homework.”

The play is a story about faith and doubt, with actions and themes that will be familiar to most Utahns, no matter their religious tradition.

I’m looking forward to it.

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