This is something I’ll probably want to see at some point just to satisfy my sick curiosity:
The Book of Mormon:
South Park Does Broadway
by Kurt Loder @ Reason Magazine
The show might have been nothing more than a riot of Christian-bashing, but there’s more to it than that. The writers clearly have no use for the myths and homilies of brand-name religion; but in the end they conclude that even the most unbelievable of gods can be a force for good in the world, bringing comfort and hope to millions, and impelling them toward a higher moral plane. Parker, Stone, and Lopez have clearly given this subject considerable thought, which, amid all the savage laughter, is one of the show’s most striking elements.
I think Parker and Stone frequently miss the boat when it comes to their treatment of organized religion, but their writing is pretty damned funny most of the time regardless.