07:31 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 06/11/2011 07:35PM
When South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker decided to try their hand at writing a Broadway show, The Book of Mormon, there were some inherent concerns about how the irreverent duo's talents would translate to the sophisticated New York theater crowd.
"That was the big question: are the grey hairs gonna come and are the South Park people going to come to something they can't afford?" says Stone. "But I've seen some really old people in their laughing their asses off!"
Have they ever: since opening in March, The Book of Mormon has grossed more than $10 million in ticket sales, and has been nominated for 14 Tonys – the most of any show this year – including individual nominations for stars Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad, Nikki M. James and Rory O'Malley.
"It's been a ride and a half," says Gad. "All of us are so thrilled that the world is embracing it as furiously as they are."
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