1. Co-creator Robert Lopez composed the songs in Disney’s Frozen
I’m not going to pretend that you don’t already know that The Book of Mormon was created by the same people who created South Park and Avenue Q. But I bet that you didn’t know that co-creator, Robert Lopez is the man behind Frozen’s infectious ‘Let It Go’. I guess it just goes to show that musical talent can be applied to many different genres.
2. Josh Gad, (Elder Cunningham), voiced Olaf in Frozen
And yet another Frozen connection! Josh Gad, the original Elder Cunningham, voiced Olaf in the Disney musical hit. Arguably they’re two very different characters, but both equally endearing (in a really annoying kind of way).
3. The producers first saw the musical with the full orchestra just six days before opening
With four weeks of rehearsals and two weeks of tech rehearsals, it seems that the lead up to the original Broadway production of The Book of Mormon was quite intense. Producer Scott Rudin opted for the Broadway premiere as he believed that ‘[Parker and Stone] work best when the stakes are the highest’.
4. The original line was “I actually thought the third Matrix was the worst one” …
…not “I have maggots in my scrotum”. The original line was a recurring joke based around the idea that the third movie in trilogies is always the best, implying that The Book of Mormon is simply the third book of a biblical trilogy. Not much has been said about why they changed this line, but from the amount of laughs the revised line receives it‘s easy to say that it was the right decision.
5. The musical took almost eight years to create
Rome wasn’t built in a day and nor was The Book of Mormon. Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone began discussing ideas in 2003. A trip to Salt Lake City and a few creative hiccups later, The Book of Mormon made its Broadway debut in March 2011. It’s been almost sixteen years since the conceptualisation of the musical and it can still be seen in theatres throughout the world.
The Book of Mormon opens in Brisbane next year. Grab tickets from just $50.80, with no transaction fees for the month of October!