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Published: Sunday, June 12 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"The profane and hysterical "The Book of Mormon" took home nine Tony Awards on Sunday, including the prize for best musical..."

From "Showboat," "Carousel," "Oklahoma," "Sound of Music," to this.

"Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward."

Kamas, UT

Loved the irony of winning "Best Musical Based on a Book" for the irreverent treatment of the Mormons. Even when they're trying to be profane and satirical, Joseph Smith gets the nod as the author he never pretended to be.

Saint George, UT

Probably like most productions or movies, The Book is much better.

Ogden, UT

No matter what you think of the play, the LDS Church is getting millions of dollars of free publicity from all of this. Just think of all the people that are hearing "The Book of Mormon" several times a day, everyday for the last couple of weeks.

Lehi, UT

Im thankful to live in a Country where things sacred to millions can be trampled, and my missionary service can be freely mocked, and no one is bombed.
Im thankful that when my people are attacked, there are no protests, but other cheeks are turned.

However, Im not looking forward to "The Talmud" or "The Koran" or any other such bigotry or anything mocking any other race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
And, Im very disappointed that I live in a country where such bigotry is applauded, and where we loudly award those profaning loving service, anothers faith, and my love for humanity and Christ.

Still, I agree with the above, such bullying and mockery may be funny, but the book is much better : ).

Salt Lake City, UT

Learn to laugh at yourself.

Everyone else is anyway.

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Logan, UT

I have not had the chance to see this production but I have listened to the soundtrack several times and the musical numbers do a wonderful job of capturing some of the funny idiosyncrasies of LDS culture (especially in Utah). Those of you complaining need to learn to laugh at yourselves. The play may be satirical but there are also many occasions in which the writers acknowledge GOOD things about Mormon culture (such as the line in a song 'let's be really polite to everyone!') etc. If you can't see that there are funny things to be laughed at in your own life, you're living life too seriously.

Hayden, ID

I was not offended by the song, "I believe" I heard on TV. They had some things wrong in the lyrics but it was ok! Worthy to win a Tony? Ummmm, debateable! Like was mentioned, the book was much, much better!

Provo, UT

@goatesnotes. Stop posting that comment. The award is for best musical book. A musical's book is the spoken portion between the songs and that is what the award was for, not for being a musical based on a book.

Provo, UT

I actually live in New York now and have seen the show. I have mixed feelings. But regarding the net effect on the church I can only say that I have had many more opportunities to talk about my faith and share the gospel because people have seen this show and come away with an interest in the LDS church, the Book of Mormon, and missionary work.

Mesa, AZ

God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform..

With all the religions available to castigate, there may be no wonder as to why the producers of this production were prompted, yes fixated, on telling the story of the restoration and the holy script which confirms its truth.

Is it irony or not, that they are doing so in New York state, site of the restoration, no less.

Provo, UT

Congratulations to Joseph Smith for finally winning a Tony Award for his contributions to religion.

I find little positive to write about a Broadway season that unleashed on the unwary public "The Book of Mormon Musical" "The [you-know-who]with the Hat" "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" and "Spiderman - Turn Off The Dark"

And the best play, Scottsboro Boys, which had a positive message, got shut out after 12 nominations. A young man from Salt Lake City did the choreography.

There is Broadway in a big nutshell.

The Irony of the title "The Book of Mormon," both as book or play title, is that it does not really describe what the book or play IS. The scripture should be titled either "The Lehite Covenant" or "The Lehite Testament." One running gag in the play (should be titled "Mormon Missionaries in Uganda") is that the elders haven't read the book and don't know it.

The big mystery in all of this is why the Intellectual Reserve did not sue The Book of Mormon Musical for copyright infringement and demand royalties for use of copyrighted material.

Crotty Kid
Salt Lake City, UT

If you have heard Parker and Stone talk about Mormons, you might have a different opinion of this play. They both grew up around Mormons, are facinated with them, have researched them quite a bit and think they are very nice people. One was quoted as saying that "if there were ever a religion to take over the world, I'd have it be the Mormons". They also said, as a joke, that it was messed up that Mormon families were actually nice to each other.

If you are familiar with the work they do, Mormons get off pretty easy compared to other religions and organizations.

Provo, UT


Sue them for copyright infringement? Why? That would make the Church look foolish and fail anyway.

Ever heard of "Fair Use?"

Fair use is a copyright principle based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. For example, if you wish to criticize a novelist, you should have the freedom to quote a portion of the novelists work without asking permission. Absent this freedom, copyright owners could stifle any negative comments about their work.

There is no case.

Cedar Hills, UT

Mysterious ways...

Mesa, AZ

pardon please John2000, that did not translate well...mysterious meaning 'we may not understand or comprehend why something that is perceived to be evil, such as this production, is allowed to go forward, when in the long run, it may yield positive results, if but one person comes into the sheperd's fold.

Phoenix, AZ

I guess that in the end the silly and vain and mere worthless token honors of men will soon fade into nothingness and the Book of Mormon shall continue on in it's mission to convince all people everywhere that Jesus is The Christ for as long as the earth shall stand.

Salt Lake City, UT

Glad to see that our country and its people have been lifted again by such
notable excellence in music, song and dance.

Layton, UT

Next up for the team who created the Book of Mormon musical..............


wait......that would be considered to bigoted and prejudice.

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