Parker, Stone team for Off Broadway musical
A new tuner from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and “Avenue Q” composer-lyricist Robert Lopez is on tap for the 2010-11 season at Off Broadway’s New York Theater Workshop.
Subject matter is being kept under wraps, but it seems a sure bet the project will turn out to be the tuner about Mormons on which the three creatives have been collaborating for some time.
Although NYTW announced no details other than an August-September run, Jason Moore (“Avenue Q,” “Shrek the Musical”) is said to helm the show, with Dan Knechtges (“Xanadu,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) choreographing. No casting was confirmed. Cheyenne Jackson has previously said in the press that he’s attached to star.
Also on the 2010-11 docket for the Off Broadway org is a production of Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play “The Little Foxes,” directed by Flemish helmer Ivo Van Hove and toplined by Elizabeth Marvel (“Top Girls”). The director and actress have previously teamed for NYTW stagings of “Hedda Gabler” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
“Foxes” will play during a September-October slot.
The “South Park” creatives have long seemed naturals for legit, with their musical inclination obvious in 1999 feature “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” (with music contributions from “Hairspray” composer Marc Shaiman) and in the 1996 pic “Alferd Packer: The Musical” (also known as “Cannibal! The Musical”).
If the new tuner does prove to be the Mormon show, offering has potential to stir controversy thanks to its nothing’s-sacred comic take on Mormonism. NYTW launched hit tuner “Rent” in 1996 before it was picked up by commercial producers for a 12-year run on the Rialto.