TONY Tony Countdown: Talking with Casey Nicholaw of The Book of Mormon
We not long ago spoke with ace director Casey Nicholaw—who staged the blisteringly ludicrous Book of Mormon with Trey Parker—to reason about faith, faithlessness and the boundaries of welfare taste.
Time Out New York: Why shelter’t the Mormons rioted over your pageantry?
Casey Nicholaw: I don’t know, but I’m glad they asylum’t! I think it’s as the message ultimately is sweet and pro-dependence, and the church has gone on record saying, “Sure, it’s not a group of genera show, but they’ve certainly bestowed their homework and have poked merriment in the way anyone would poke gayety at different groups. But its not average-spirited in the least.” They unruffled said that it’s sweet. If you were to be ~ some of the songs out of words immediately preceding, you might go like, “What the bottomless pit is this?” But nobody was prepared conducive to the context of the show and the tale behind it, and I think that has made a bulky difference. That’s what all of us be enamoured of doing: making people laugh and for this reason going, “Wait a minute, when did I procure to be tears in my eyes? How did that fall out?”
What’s in it for the atheists, afterward?
Good question! I guess some of the altercation in the African number, “Hasa Diga Eebowai.”
See, nevertheless, you first have to believe in God to make mention of Him to fuck off. What did you achieve in rehearsal that was too disagreeable to keep in the show?
Nothing actually sticks out in my mind. I be of opinion we’ve gotten away with pleasing much everything that we wanted to master away with. There was nobody by-word, “You can’t go that well-nigh!” about anything. So if we did push the boundaries, it was pushing the boundaries of what the show itself could take. If it didn’t experience right, if we were stepping lacking of the actual show, it got cut. Not just because we didn’t be destitute of to go that far, but on this account that the material didn’t warrant it.
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