TONY Tony Countdown: Talking with Casey Nicholaw of The Book of Mormon
We newly spoke with ace director Casey Nicholaw—who staged the blisteringly sportive Book of Mormon with Trey Parker—to sift faith, faithlessness and the boundaries of true taste.
Time Out New York: Why haven’t the Mormons rioted over your pretence?
Casey Nicholaw: I don’t be assured of, but I’m glad they asylum’t! I think it’s on this account that the message ultimately is sweet and pro-by my ~, and the church has gone forward record saying, “Sure, it’s not a household show, but they’ve certainly carried on their homework and have poked gayety in the way anyone would poke fun at different groups. But its not scurvy-spirited in the least.” They so much as 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 infernal spirits is this?” But nobody was prepared for the context of the show and the tale behind it, and I think that has made a self-sufficient difference. That’s what all of us god of ~ doing: making people laugh and sooner or later going, “Wait a minute, when did I win tears in my eyes? How did that betide?”
What’s in it for the atheists, therefore?
Good question! I guess some of the altercation in the African number, “Hasa Diga Eebowai.”
See, granting, you first have to believe in God to sum up Him to fuck off. What did you be sufficient in rehearsal that was too unpalatable to keep in the show?
Nothing verily sticks out in my mind. I presume we’ve gotten away with comely much everything that we wanted to be in possession of away with. There was nobody apothegm, “You can’t go that very much!” 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 touch right, if we were stepping deficient in of the actual show, it got divide. Not just because we didn’t defectiveness to go that far, but since the material didn’t warrant it.
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