Players had faith in 'South Park' creators
Religion was the talk of the evening at the “Book of Mormon” afterparty at Gotham Hall.“For me, the hard part was it didn’t really seem all that offensive,” said cast member Andrew Rannells at Thursday’s Broadway opening of the tuner by Robert Lopez and “South Park’s” Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Co-star Josh Gad called himself a “traditionalist. I find that religion doesn’t make as much sense to me, but the traditions of my faith do.” “That’s lovely,” interjected helmer Casey Nicholaw, wisecracking, “Can I give an actor notes in an interview?” Anne Garefino (“South Park”), who produces “Mormon” with Scott Rudin, is a practicing Catholic. She said any initial hesitancy about the project was resolved by the strong character-based context surrounding the tuner’s numerous impieties. Plus, the TV producer finds that she enjoys working in legit. “I never get to hear an audience laugh!” she said.