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Thursday
Jun162011

Adele Returns to #1, 'Book of Mormon' Soundtrack Sets Record

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After two weeks at #1, Lady Gaga's Born This Way has now ceded that spot to Adele's album 21, making this 21's tenth non-consecutive week at the top.  Born This Way has now fallen to #2.  The big news is that the soundtrack of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon has re-entered the chart at #3, following its nine wins at the Tony Awards on Sunday.  That makes it the highest-charting Broadway cast album since 1969, when the cast album for Hair spent 13 weeks at #1.

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Tuesday
May032011

'South Park' Creators Lead Tony Nominees for 'Book of Mormon'

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- They killed Kenny -- many times -- and now they're killing on Broadway. The Tony nominations are out and the guys behind South Park are the leading nominees.

Book of Mormon, co-written and produced by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, is up for 14 Tony nominations -- including best musical. The Scottsboro Boys, a period musical, is up for 12, while the revival of Anything Goes is up for nine.

Some notable names with nominations: Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Ellen Barkin and Edie Falco. One notable snub? Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was not recognized for his critically-acclaimed turn in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

The Tony Awards will be held on June 12 at New York City's Beacon Theater.

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Friday
Mar252011

'South Park' Creators Defend Their 'Mormon' Musical

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although the Broadway musical, "The Book of Mormon," is edgy and controversial, its creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, insisted that Mormons should not be offended by its content.

"They're so happy-go-lucky, kind of optimistic people, and they kind of have that cheesy factor," Parker said. "It's like Mormons, Disney, Rogers and Hammerstein, it all kind of makes sense...Mormons are just happy people so you're going to get a happy musical out of it."

After over a decade of amusing and offending America with their smash-hit cartoon, "South Park," on Comedy Central, the duo took a leap of faith into their Broadway debut with "The Book of Mormon," which has already earned them critical acclaim.

The musical, which opened Thursday night at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City, tells the story of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda.

Although it was written to poke fun at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Stone reiterated that the "Book of Mormon" was not meant to just mock Mormonism, but religion in general, calling his show, "an atheist's love letter to religion."

"Anybody's religion, to an outsider, it's just as goofy," he said. "I don't think either of us think Mormonism is any goofy-ier than Hinduism or Christianity, from an outsider's point of view."

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