Matt Stone and Trey Parker: Broadway Perfection

Topics: Musical theatre, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Broadway theatre Pages: 3 (866 words) Published: April 18, 2013
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the two men that have redefined entertainment as we know it. From film class in college to Broadway, they have created a whole new way to satirize and brought a new genre to the big stage. Stone and Parker’s musical South Park: Bigger Longer Uncut is the middleman to their Broadway success and the perfect example of their raw combination of music and humor.

Not knowing about the writers of South Park and being a fan of the show, one might be surprised that the feature length film South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut is a musical, but the writing duo are no fair weathered music men. Matt Stone and Trey parker met in a film class in college. Upon connecting with good work chemistry, the two came together to work on Parker’s self written and directed movie Cannibal! The Musical. Trey has always had a love for musical theatre and he strengthen this passion and knowledge majoring in music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Cannibal! Was their first shot at a musical together and with no surprise it was filled with ridiculous humor. The well known historical event is adapted with musicality and upbeat humor, such a twist on the dark story kicked off Stone and Parker’s knack of incorporating humor and music to convey darker subject matter and comment on it’s social constructs. After college and starting the hit TV series South Park, the couple’s love of the stage musical never died out. Often in South Park’s episodes characters would satirize pop culture or current events with a crude and humorous musical number. The two additionally created the puppet oriented movie Team America: World Police. Stone and Parker creating the main character as a Broadway actor and incorporating large numbers such as “I’m So Lonely” and “Everyone Has AIDS” creates a an extremely satirical atmosphere. The use of song amplifies the over the top humor directed towards everything from politics and the United States to Broadway itself (RENT becoming...
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