It seems there’s no stopping the incredible momentum Broadway hit show The Book of Mormon has been riding since its opening night.
The show, featuring music and lyrics by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone as well as Broadway veteran Robert Lopez, snagged 14 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical– not to mention nominations from the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League.
Perhaps most exciting now is that the complete cast recording will be available for digital purchase May 17 and out in traditional retail stores June 7. Even more exciting is this: the fine folks at NPR have posted every track from the album; and you could stream the entire thing now. For free. For real. Right here.
As you can imagine, the show is anchored on parody. NPR writes:
And not since The Producers has a creative team had so much fun both sending up and celebrating the corny, open-hearted glories of the musical comedy form. It’s one thing to write a hellfire-tempting parody of a gigantic target like “Hakuna Matata,” as these guys do in “Hasa Diga Eebowai,” whose title translates to an unprintably blasphemous bit of faithful-baiting.
It’s another level of fanboy geekery entirely to wrap up your first act with a knowing number like “Man Up,” a to-the-footlights rouser that mocks rock operas from Rent to Rock of Ages in one full-throated measure and hat-tips an art-musical landmark like Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World in the next.