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'60 Minutes' to profile creators of Broadway's 'Book of Mormon'

September 22, 2011 | 12:52 pm


As if the Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" needed any more publicity, CBS' "60 Minutes" said it will profile Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the hit show, on its season opener Sunday evening.

The 44-year-old newsmagazine will spotlight Parker and Stone, who created the stage musical with Robert Lopez. Parker and Stone rose to fame as the creators of the animated Comedy Central series "South Park." They also created the movie "Team America: World Police."

"The Book of Mormon" has been a hit with audiences and critics alike. The show received nine Tony Awards in June, including best musical, and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York. A national touring production is planned to kick off in Denver next year.

Journalist Steve Kroft interviews Parker and Stone on Sunday's broadcast about "The Book of Mormon" as well as their work on "South Park," which begins its new season in October. Kroft goes backstage at the Eugene O'Neill and speaks with some of the "Mormon" cast members, including Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James and Rory O’Malley.

The last time "60 Minutes" profiled a big Broadway musical was last year for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." At the time, Julie Taymor was still involved with the troubled production.


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-- David Ng

Photo: Matt Stone, left, and Trey Parker. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Getty Images