'The Book of Mormon' premiere: 'South Park,' 'Avenue Q' masterminds collide
The divine forces of comedy united at the premiere of the Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" in New York on Thursday.
"South Park" masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone teamed up with Robert Lopez -- one of the men behind "Avenue Q" -- to create the show, which opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
Broadway actor Andrew Rannells ("Jersey Boys," "Hairspray") plays Elder Price in "The Book of Mormon" and Josh Gad ("Love & Other Drugs," "21") plays Elder Cunningham, two young men charged with rescuing the Mormon mission in Uganda. Click on the pics for more photos.
On hand for the opening night festivities were Edie Falco, David Hyde Pierce and Jennifer Jason Leigh who have each appeared in Broadway shows themselves.
Academy Award winners Ron Howard and "The Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin also showed their support for the zany musical comedy.
"Saturday Night Live" funny people Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig showed their support. Wiig (a costar of "Paul," currently in movie theaters) will soon star in a comedy film she co-wrote, "Bridesmaids," which is being produced by Judd Apatow.
Paul Rudd, who will appear in an Apatow spin-off of "Knocked Up," attended along with "Outsourced" actor Ben Rappaport.
Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis, who all attended the "Mormon" premiere, will join "The Sopranos'" James Gandolfini in reprising their roles in a Los Angeles production of "God of Carnage" this April.
-- Nardine Saad
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Top photo: Writer/lyricist Robert Lopez, left, writer Trey Parker, writer Matt Stone and director Casey Nicholaw attend the opening night of "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York on March 24, 2011. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images
Left photo: Actor Paul Rudd attends the opening night of "The Book of Mormon." Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images