"The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical" Hits Book Shelves Dec. 4
By Michael Gioia
"The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical," which documents the creation of the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, is released by Newmarket Press for It Books Dec. 4.
The hardcover book by Tony-winning Mormon creators Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone also features new text and interviews by writer, theatre critic and Playbill columnist Steven Suskin.
"In celebration of the making of The Book of Mormon, the authors, production team and entire original cast recount their experiences as they grew their show over a seven-year period from the initial idea to opening night on Broadway," according to press notes.
The book includes over 700 full-color photos and drawings; commentaries and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the writers, director, choreographer, orchestrator, designers, the stars and entire Broadway cast; an exclusive article entitled "The Creation," written for the book by Suskin that focuses on creators Parker, Lopez and Stone; and the complete book and lyrics, extensively illustrated and annotated by the creators and cast.
The book also features a section called "The Exultation," which includes a full transcript of the Jon Stewart conversation with Parker and Stone in March 2011. This section also includes extracts from numerous critics' reviews and a listing of numerous awards won by the show.
The Book of Mormon, which currently plays at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre, also continues on its national tour, which began in August 2012. The musical is slated to open in the West End in February 2013.
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