Two years later, they took South Park to the big screen with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, which earned Parker an Oscar nomination for Best Song and the duo the first NY Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film. In 2004, they returned to cinema with their notorious cult classic Team America: World Police, an action comedy starring a cast of marionettes.
Stone and Parker spent the next seven years working on their most ambitious project to date – the smash hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. Debuting in March 2011, it has since been awarded nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Original Score), as well as a Grammy for the Original Cast Recording. With record-breaking box office and shows sold out for months in advance, The Book of Mormon expanded its run in August 2012 with its first national tour. The Book of Mormon will launch a second national tour in December and the West End production in February 2013.
Stone and Parker continue to write, direct and produce new episodes of South Park, which is currently in its 16th season. Comedy Central has already renewed the series through 2016.
Robert Lopez (book, music, lyrics) is a Tony, Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer and lyricist for stage and screen. As well as The Book of Mormon, Lopez co-created the award-winning musical Avenue Q. With Kristen Anderson-Lopez he co-wrote songs for Finding Nemo: The Musical, which has played at Walt Disney World since 2006, as well as the 2009 film of Winnie the Pooh. They are currently writing the songs for the upcoming Disney animated feature Frozen and a forthcoming original stage musical called Up Here. His work has been seen on South Park, The Simpsons and Phineas and Ferb. For his involvement in The Book of Mormon, Lopez won the Tony Award for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.
Tony Award-winning theatre director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (co-director and choreographer) has previously directed The Drowsy Chaperone and choreographed Spamalot, both of which were seen in the West End as well as on Broadway. His other New York credits include Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Bye Bye Birdie and Can-Can for City Center Encores!, Candide and South Pacific for the New York Philharmonic and Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way at Radio City Music Hall. For his involvement in The Book of Mormon, Nicholaw won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.
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