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'Book of Mormon' Leads Tony Awards Nominations

Trey Parker and Matt Stone's controversial show is up for Best Musical

May 3, 2011 12:40 PM ET
Writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone with cast members of "The Book of Mormon" on opening night in New York City, March 24, 2011.
Writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone with cast members of "The Book of Mormon" on opening night in New York City, March 24, 2011.
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The Book of Mormon, the new musical comedy by South Park masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has been nominated for 14 awards. The show has been nominated in most top categories, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, Best Choreography and Best Actor in a Musical. This sets the show up to possibly become the  most celebrated Broadway show since The Producers won 12 of 15 nominations in 2001.

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The Book of Mormon, which Rolling Stone's Peter Travers declared "the new gold standard for rowdy fun on Broadway" is the story of Mormon missionaries in Africa. It is Parker and Stone's first stage musical, though they had already worked in the musical format for their hit movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

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Other top nominated shows in this year's Tony Awards include The Scottsboro Boys, which is up for 12 awards, and revivals of Anything Goes and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which are up for nine and eight awards, respectively.

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