Stephen Soundheim’s South Park bro-down
South Park’s new episode, “Broadway Bro-down,” featured a bro-down between Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz and Elton John -- and as a result, you may never watch another Broadway show the same way again.
"You know you've made it when South Park does a satire on your music," said Grammy award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz -- and with South Park's new episode "Broadway Bro-down" spoofing popular musicals including Jersey Boys, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, Godspell, Sunday in the Park with George and The Book of Mormon -- let's just say all these shows have most definitely made it.
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who also are responsible for the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon, manage to make even the most innocent Broadway musical look perverted. In this episode, Randy comes to the realization that many of these musicals actually contain subliminal messages to encourage women to perform certain sexual acts on their male companions.
Randy decides to write his own musical to get more of these favors from his wife, but the Broadway greats -- including Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Elton John -- challenge him to a "bro-down" for Broadway domination.
They end their dispute and decide to work together -- over drinks at Hooter's, of course.
Only South Park could get away with portraying Academy Award-winning composer and lyricist Sondheim, who wrote lyrics for West Side Story and composed famous scores for hits such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Sweeney Todd, as a male chauvinist who hangs out at Hooter's and writes songs so he can get lucky.
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