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Tony Awards: Back stage with 'Book of Mormon' winners

June 14, 2011 | 10:43 am

"When you die and you find out that God is a Mormon, what will you say to get off the hook?" I asked the creators of "Book of Mormon" moments after the musical swept the Tony Awards.

"Look at the box office," Trey Parker replied. "Scoreboard!"

Parker suddenly got serious and didn't have a snarky reply when he was informed that he had just tied a Tony record set by Josh Logan, who bagged four awards in one year for the original production of "South Pacific" (1950). Parker's four wins: best book, score, director and musical.

"We riffed on people getting awards enough that we have to walk that line carefully," said Trey Parker, grinning.

When he was asked, "Will there be a 'South Park' episode making fun of 'Book of Mormon'?" he replied, "No, because that wouldn't be cool."

-- Tom O'Neil

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