'Book of Mormon' leads Tony Award nominations
May 3rd, 2011
12:12 PM ET

'Book of Mormon' leads Tony Award nominations

By Jonathan Epstein, CNN

(CNN) - The nominees for this year's Tony Awards were announced Tuesday, and the musical "The Book of Mormon" leads with 14 nominations, including one for best musical.

The Broadway production from the creators of "South Park" has some competition in that category from the musical "The Scottsboro Boys," which nabbed 12 nominations overall. "Anything Goes" is picked up nine Tony Awards noms, and the Daniel Radcliffe-starring musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is nominated for eight.

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  1. Lost in the World

    Please don't spout opinions and hearsay, try to stick to the facts. If you don't know for sure, find out. If you don't understand something, don't knock it until you learn about it. I have many LDS friends, they are great people, not perfect nor claim to be, but who is perfect. Certainly not the “Christians” posting on this sight, Jesus would never speak this ill of others he embraced and loved all.
    Why is there always so much abuse towards the LDS Church? If it is so wrong why waste your time and energy arguing about it? If it is right then AMEN for them, still no need to complain and argue. Look at yourself and ask why you are posting such negative comments. I suspect ignorance or just a bunch of kids thinking it is fun trying to tear others down. Either way you either believe or you don’t.
    BTW of the Christian religions only the Catholics and Mormon's claim a direct line of authority from Christ all others are splinter or apostate groups.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Mormonism is a cult that was created by a known criminal. The delusional followers will burn in hell no doubt. It does not matter that they are nice.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Free

      Wasn't Jesus also a known criminal?

      May 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  2. tommas

    If you worship a angel called moroni.. doesnt that make you a moron not a mormon

    May 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Jonathan

      Sure, if someone actually worshiped Moroni. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints worship Jesus Christ. That makes them Christians.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  3. Reality

    Hopefully, those going to the see said show read the following first:


    A business/religious cult based on Joseph Smith's hallucinations which has bought respectability with a $30 billion business empire, the BYU "mission matured" football team and a great choir.

    Well, the Mormon Church, aka the business c-ult fronting as a religion founded by one of the great con artists of all time, Joseph Smith, can surely afford it based on the following review:

    From: lds-mormon.com/time.shtml

    "The first divergence between Mormon economics and that of other denominations is the t-ithe. Most churches take in the greater part of their income through donations. Very few, however, impose a compulsory 10% income tax on their members. Ti-thes are collected locally, with much of the money pas-sed on informally to local lay leaders at Sunday services. "By Monday," says Elbert Peck, editor of Sunstone, an independent Mormon magazine, the church authorities in Salt Lake City "know every cent that's been collected and have made sure the money is deposited in banks." There is a lot to deposit. Last year $5.2 billion in t-ithes flowed into Salt Lake City, $4.9 billion of which came from American Mormons."
    "The Mormons are stewards of a different str-ipe. Their charitable spending and temple building are prodi-gious. But where other churches spend most of what they receive in a given year, the Latter-day Saints employ vast amounts of money in investments that TIME estimates to be at least $6 billion strong. Even more unusual, most of this money is not in bonds or stock in other peoples' companies but is invested directly in church-owned, for-profit concerns, the largest of which are in agribusiness, media, insurance, travel and real estate. Deseret Management Corp., the company through which the church holds almost all its commercial as-sets, is one of the largest owners of farm and ranchland in the country, including 49 for-profit parcels in addition to the Deseret Ranch. Besides the Bonneville International chain and Beneficial Life, the church owns a 52% holding in ZCMI, Utah's largest department-store chain.

    All told, TIME estimates that the Latter-day Saints farmland and financial investments total some $11 billion, and that the church's nont-ithe income from its investments exceeds $600 million. "

    "Members of the church celebrate the Lord's Supper with water rather than wine or gra-pe juice. They believe their President is a prophet who receives new revelations from God. These can supplant older revelations, as in the case of the church's historically most controversial doctrine: Smith himself received God's sanctioning of pol-ygamy in 1831, but 49 years later, the church's President announced its recision. Similarly, an explicit policy barring black men from holding even the lowest church offices was overturned by a new revelation in 1978, opening the way to huge missionary activity in Africa and Brazil. "

    May 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • So WHAAT?

      Thus, Mormons have something big, while Atheists has nothing huge other than their egos.

      May 4, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • Stevie7

      Yup, 'cause Christians don't have egos at all. Never met a Christian with an ego. The whole 'I'm saved, you're going to suffer for all eternity' – not egotistical, presumptuous, pompous, childish, or narcissistic in the least.


      May 4, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • Reality

      Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are atheists.

      May 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • myklds

      @Reality...No they are agnostic. Make your fact straight and stop lying.

      May 5, 2011 at 4:41 am |
    • Jeff

      I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. ..... There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning." - Bill Gates ...

      May 6, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  4. Peter F

    Could make a good show?

    May 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I disagree, it is obvious of the Devil.

      May 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • John

      It looks like a good play. Everybody hating on it all I got to say is get a sence of humor. It will make your life better.

      June 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  5. HeavenSent


    "Reality, Tommie Tom, and the phony heavensent."

    Sorry but I don't know those handles and I do NOT post under those names. I feel sorry for you since you seem lost to reality or have you been drinking?
    Nice try but you can't fool me. I know you and CNN work to keep me from posting the truth.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • Atheists, Communists, Dog-Owners, and CNN

      Yes ! It's a conspiracy ! We are all out to get you, HeavenSent ! All of us ! We are all lurking little satanists with nothing better to do than use your famous and highly respected handle to try to say things that are almost as crazy as you say. There are millions of us, billions even, and we are ALL OUT TO GET YOU ! ! !

      Only you and Justina/Adelina/Frederica are going to heaven. It will have a sign on the door with a name that looks different than "heaven", but it is all the heaven you deserve. The sign will say Bellevue.

      May 4, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • Hell Bound

      "There are millions of us, billions even, and we are ALL OUT TO GET YOU ! ! !"

      Billions? REAALLLYYY???!!! maybe dog owners yes, but atheists???!!! perhaps, yes, but in hell waiting to be sent on earth.

      May 4, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • Atheists, Communists, Dog-Owners, and CNN

      Nice reading skills, Hell Bound. Perhaps if you read a bit more carefully (or had a sense of humor) you might have gotten the joke.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  6. Reality

    Bring it on!! Joe Smith and his horn-blowing angel Moroni "satired" winning hopefully not only a Tony but also a movie contract!! Priceless!!!

    Some other names come to mind:

    Book of Cons?

    T-ithes to Heaven?

    Desserts and Deseret?

    The Romney Express?

    $'s, Prophets and Tabernacle Choirs?

    Add to the list. The person with the winning ti-tle gets a free trip to the Comoros islands with a week in Moroni, the capital city..................................................................................................

    May 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      You don't see plays and awards anout the real Jesus. Why is that, because the Satan is busy hiding the truth like CNN.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • I'm saved

      This is the word of the prophet. ALL HAIL THE PROPHET REALITY!

      May 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Satan is busy hiding the truth like CNN."

      Which is why you spend so much time here with Satan and becoming more like him everyday.

      May 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • I'm saved

      Do not question the great prophet Reality lest they smite you. ALL HAIL THE PROHET!

      May 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • ColinO

      Jesus Christ Superstar was pretty big wasn't it? :p

      May 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Reality, you live this scripture ...

      Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.

      Proverbs 14:7


      May 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      YeahRight, how many handles do you have as you write to yourself as Reality, Tommie Tom, and the phony heavensent.

      LOL. You folks prove how in the dark you truly are.


      May 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • I'm saved

      The great prophrt reality writes scripture so he does not need to read it

      May 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Reality, Tommie Tom, and the phony heavensent."

      Sorry but I don't know those handles and I do NOT post under those names. I feel sorry for you since you seem lost to reality or have you been drinking?

      May 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • YeahRight

      P.S. HeavenSent yes others have also taken my handle and posted. I merely laugh it off since you can't take this blog seriously. They have even made me sound like a child too. LOL!

      May 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • ScottK

      The Saint 3 "Latter Day Reckoning"...

      Seven Brides for One Brother...

      Preacher & Profit...

      Moroni Baloney...

      May 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Reality


      "Moroni Baloney" has moved to the top of the list.

      May 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • myklds

      @Reality..Not anymore. It has been superseded with "Reality's Lies and pretentions."

      May 5, 2011 at 4:46 am |
  7. Bucky Ball

    I just read the prior piece about this play, "linked" in this article, written by Cassie Spodak. I find it interesting that neither here, nor in the prior article, are the substantial objections to this sect, by "main line" theologians and biblical scholars, raised by anyone. Maybe "they", including the writers of South Park, and these other shows, are also themselves unaware of these objections. I personally hope that an Ivy League level scholar, who IS a Morman, will come on here and talk about how the phrophetic tradition, (in Judeo-Christian history) and how that is in any way related to the purported activities of the Angel Moroni, and for that matter, Joseph Smith. It seems to me that the entire concept of the process of "revelation" as conceived by Joseph Smith places himself squarely outside the Judeo-Christian tradition. (Isn't THAT the classic definition of heresy). This "scripture" was obviously not developed and formed in the way any other scriptural source was formed. In fact, Mr. Smith not only seemed to be ignorant of these issues, but was known to have no education in the, (even at that time), current topics in biblical archeology and biblical textural criticism. He simply made it all up, and expected that the masses of his time would be as ignorant as he was of these issues, andnot know enougn to be able to make a reasoned judgement for themselves.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • civiloutside

      Ummm... You are aware that the musical takes a satirical slant on blind faith that happens to use Mormonism as the vehicle, right?

      May 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      Yes. I have seen it. I enjoyed the show, for what it was woirth. I still think the specific intellectual problems and inconsistencies should be addressed, somewhere, (not necessarily in the "shows"), but at least alluded to in the attendant articles. I was also wondering, why, if it is actually true, (and it easily may not be), that there are no Mormons on the faculty of Harvard Divinity, Yale Theology etc., etc. I was curious if there are Mormon archeologist PhD's, and Textual Critics of which the public is not generally aware. In general they are outside the mainstream. Why is that not discussed ?

      May 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Hypocrite

      You need to learn more about the prophet Joseph Smith, because you have no idea what you are talking about, talk about naive. Burn!

      May 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • garza2526

      Don't know if there are Mormon faculty at Harvard Divinity School....but there are non-Mormons on the faculty of Brigham Young University. BYU isn't afraid.

      May 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      @Hipocryte, @garza2526,
      Thanks for that. Noticed you don't actually address any of the specific issues, so would have to conclude you know even less than I.
      Peace out.

      May 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • Free

      Smith's scribe Martin Harris 'losing' 116 pages of the Book of Mormon would have made for a comical play as well.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  8. tommas


    May 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  9. HeavenSent

    They should not be celebrating a play about a cult.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The phony heavensent is still stalking I see. Too much of a coward to stick with his own handle to spew his babble.


      May 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      You are the phoney and I am a she and a lesbian.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The phony heavensent is g-ay and proud with those dry bones, wells without water, spiritually dead posting her babble.


      May 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      No wonder you steal my handle. Clueless to who you truly are. That's what you get for not reading, comprehending and abiding in His truth.


      May 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I'm HeavenSent, God made me in his image(that's why i look like an ape) and then sent me down from Heaven. I'm HeavenSent and so are you guys!

      May 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
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