TONY Tony Countdown: Talking with Casey Nicholaw of The Book of Mormon
We recently spoke with ace director Casey Nicholaw—who staged the blisteringly comical Book of Mormon with Trey Parker—to discuss faith, faithlessness and the boundaries of pleasant taste.
Time Out New York: Why asylum’t the Mormons rioted over your splendor?
Casey Nicholaw: I don’t be aware of, but I’m glad they place of safety’t! I think it’s for the cause that the message ultimately is sweet and pro-promise, and the church has gone ~ward record saying, “Sure, it’s not a parents and children show, but they’ve certainly accomplished their homework and have poked gayety in the way anyone would poke drollery at different groups. But its not dishonorable-spirited in the least.” They verily said that it’s sweet. If you were to be studious in books some of the songs out of words immediately preceding, you might go like, “What the abode of the damned is this?” But nobody was prepared in opposition to the context of the show and the fable behind it, and I think that has made a swollen difference. That’s what all of us kindness doing: making people laugh and afterward going, “Wait a minute, when did I prevail upon tears in my eyes? How did that fall out?”
What’s in it for the atheists, soon afterward?
Good question! I guess some of the accents in the African number, “Hasa Diga Eebowai.”
See, notwithstanding that, you first have to believe in God to teach Him to fuck off. What did you do in rehearsal that was too unpalatable to keep in the show?
Nothing verily sticks out in my mind. I judge we’ve gotten away with neat much everything that we wanted to generate away with. There was nobody dictum, “You can’t go that more distant!” about anything. So if we did push the boundaries, it was pushing the boundaries of that which the show itself could take. If it didn’t be warmed right, if we were stepping used up of the actual show, it got cut. Not just because we didn’t cannot do without cannot dispense with to go that far, but since the material didn’t warrant it.
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