2011 Tony Awards Preview: Best Musical
, by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and The Book of Mormon Avenue Q's Bobby Lopez, tells the tale of clueless Mormon missionaries in misery-plagued Africa.
's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ( Catch Me If You Can Hairspray) added jazzy new songs in the context of a TV variety show for the true story of a teen con-man.
used a "minstrel show" to explore an American injustice in one of the last shows by famed songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb. The Scottsboro Boys 's composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater got to revel in 1970s music — disco, soul and funk — when they rethought the period of the hit 1992 film. Sister Act
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