South Park visionaries Trey Parker and Matt Stone officially join the Broadway community tonight with the first preview performance of their new musical The Book of Mormon. (Be sure to check out EW’s full Q&A with the duo in our new issue, on stands tomorrow.) And true to their hell-raising reputation, the pair aren’t making nice with their new neighbors — specifically Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. “It’s horrible,” says Parker of the problem-plagued mega-musical. “I don’t think there’s any bombshell in us saying Spider-Man sucks. Nobody thinks it’s good.” Adds Stone: “Obviously, art is subjective. But not in that case. That’s just not good.”
Stone says Spider-Man‘s subject matter and A-list creative team — including director Julie Taymor and composers Bono and the Edge — make the show fair game for criticism. And he’s expecting to get as good as he gives if The Book of Mormon doesn’t connect with reviewers when it officially opens on March 24. “[Spider-Man] wasn’t like a labor of love or somebody’s life story. They were making a f—ing Spider-Man [musical.] You don’t get cut slack when you’re Bono. And by the way, nobody’s going to feel sorry for us, either.”
When reached for comment, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark spokesperson Rick Miramontez replied with the following statement: “Everyone at Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is, as always, flattered by the attention.”
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