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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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