Grammy Awards 2012: 'Book of Mormon' wins for musical theater
"The Book of Mormon," the hit Broadway musical from the creators of "South Park," added to its stash of awards Sunday when it won a Grammy for musical theater album. The cast recording features the original Broadway ensemble, including Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells.
"South Park's" Trey Parker was on hand to accept the award during a pre-show ceremony at Staples Center. "Wow, Mormons are having a great year," he said in reference to Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. "They have a Grammy now too."
Parker was joined on stage by Robert Lopez, a 2004 nominee in this category for "Avenue Q." They, with "South Park's" Matt Stone wrote the songs and the book for the musical.
"Mormon" beat out the albums for "Anything Goes" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
In September, "Mormon" will make its L.A. debut at the Pantages Theatre as part of its national tour. The local engagement is set to run for 12 weeks from Sept. 5-Nov. 25. The musical won nine Tony Awards last year, including the prize for new musical.
Last year's Grammy winner in the musical-theater category was Green Day's "American Idiot," which is coming to the Ahmanson Theatre March 13-April 22.
[A previous version of this post incorrectly identified Trey Parker.]
-- David Ng
Photo: A scene from "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway. Credit: Joan Marcus