Stuart Thompson, Broadway Producer of ‘Book of Mormon’ and ‘Mean Girls,’ Dies at 62

Stuart Thompson, the longtime theater producer and general manager of shows including “The Book of Mormon” and the upcoming musical adaptation of “Mean Girls,” died in New York on Thursday of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 62. A well-liked figure in the Broadway community and the winner of six Tony Awards, Thompson was the… Read more »



Mormon Tabernacle Choir Singer Resigns Because Trump Reminds Her Of Hitler

A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has resigned in protest over the group’s upcoming performance at Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying she could “never look [herself] in the mirror again” if she sang for the president-elect ― a man she likens to Adolf Hitler.

In a letter sent to the choir and later posted on Facebook, Jan Chamberlin explained that she has “spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony,” reflecting, praying and searching her soul.

“I’ve tried to tell myself that it will be alright and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man,” she wrote. “But it’s no use. I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events. I could never look myself in the mirror again with self respect.”

By performing at the Jan. 20 ceremony, Chamberlin said, the choir will create the impression that it’s “endorsing tyranny and facism [sic].” 

Chamberlin went on to compare the incoming president to the leader of Nazi Germany.

“History is repeating itself; the same tactics are being used by Hitler (identify a problem, finding a scapegoat target to blame, and stirring up people with a combination of fanaticism, false promises, and fear, and gathering the funding),” she wrote. 

“I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”

More than 200 of the choir’s 360 members are expected to perform at Trump’s inauguration, church officials earlier told The Salt Lake City Tribune.

But Chamberlin is not alone in her distress. Randall Thacker, a lifelong Mormon, launched a petition urging the choir not to perform for an “incoming president who has demonstrated sexist, racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic behavior that does not align with the principles and teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

As of Friday, the petition had topped 24,000 signatures

Chamberlin concluded her lengthy letter thus: “My heart is shattered and broken … but my conscience is clear. And THAT, really is all that matters.”

Todd Starnes of Fox News blasted Chamberlin’s post on Friday, noting that choir members’ participation in the inauguration is strictly voluntary and describing her Hitler comparison as “not only intellectually dishonest ― it’s downright repulsive.”

Trump’s transition team has struggled to find performers for his inauguration. The Rockettes are scheduled to perform, but one member of the famed dance company has also spoken out. She told Marie Claire, “This is making our show, our job, our name, branded as right-wing. An extreme right-wing.”

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Mormon Bar Rules or Political Mayhem” Completed on 7/23/2013 a complete 171000 word novel Based on A True Story (Adult Political Thriller) This is my unbelievable true story, the story of Degan Knight. I am a native Salt Laker, and heck my great, great, great grandfather was born in Salt Lake City when it was still a territory. I am from the old school Mormons. This novel is how I rose to the heights of the Salt Lake City Church (Mormon) socialite community. How the son of major Salt Lake City politician failed overdose on heroin and cocaine in my basement of my house, forever changing my life. How I was physically beaten strangled and scapegoated almost to death by his father and his attorney gang of super-criminals for what I know. My story involves attempted suicide, drugs, corrupt legal system, Mayor, Lawyers, betrayal, aggravated assaults, attempted murder, padded court rooms, political cover up’s, 911 system, whining, ranting, invisible guns, sex, date rape drug, prostitution, incarceration, friends, cyber-streaking, farting, dog, chess, Ted Bundy, Abu Ghraib prison, drunkenness, evil spirits, devil, golf, spice, health care, skull and bones, philosophy, ect and a Bar. And a whole lot of crazy psychopathic sociopathic characters. This is a true story, and you will laugh, you will cry, and you will defiantly learn something in this ultimate hart warming story of survival against a corrupt Mormon government and all odds. This is one crazy fun true ride. Names changed, of course to protect my ass.

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Josh Gad Would ‘Jump At The Opportunity’ For A ‘Book Of Mormon’ Movie

A big-screen adaptation of  Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s riotous Broadway hit ”The Book of Mormon” has been rumored for several years, and while there’s nothing new to report on whether it’ll actually happen, Josh Gad would be totally down to take part.

Gad, who originated the role of Elder Cunningham in the play in 2011, dropped by HuffPost Live on Monday with director Chris Columbus to discuss their film “Pixels,” which opens July 24. During the conversation, a fan asked Gad whether he would reprise his part if a film happened, and the actor said he may have aged out of the character.

“Does this look like the face of an 18-year-old, sweetie?” Gad joked.

Answering the question more seriously, the actor said he would “jump at the opportunity” if Stone and Parker wanted him.

“I would actually love to,” he said. “I would read the phone book if Trey and Matt asked me to on film.”

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Mormon Artifacts On Display In ‘Foundations Of Faith’ Exhibit

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday unveiled a new collection that features some of the faith’s most treasured artifacts, including a page from the original Book of Mormon manuscript written by founder Joseph Smith.

The “Foundations of Faith” exhibit that opens to the public this week in the church’s history library in Salt Lake City also includes 26 other books, manuscripts and documents that go back to the early days of Mormonism. The Book of Mormon is considered the religion’s most valuable manuscript, said Richard E. Turley, assistant church historian and recorder.

The exhibit, unveiled by church historians at a news conference, marks the latest example of the faith being more open and transparent about its history.

A year ago, the church began releasing books containing historical documents that shed light on how Smith formed the church in upstate New York more than 180 years ago.

The religion also recently issued a series of in-depth articles that explain or expand on some of the more sensitive parts of its history and doctrine that it once sidestepped. Articles have addressed the religion’s past ban on black men in the lay clergy and the early history of polygamy.

The exhibit contains first printed editions of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. All are keystone documents for the faith that counts 15 million members worldwide and is based in Salt Lake City. Smith’s journal from 1832 to 1834 also is in the collection.

“These four display cases comprise our most precious documents,” Steven E. Snow, church historian and recorder. “They go to the foundation of our faith. These are our spiritual roots.”

Some of the earliest records in the collection were carefully maintained as church headquarters moved from New York to Pennsylvania to Ohio to Missouri and Illinois, and finally to Utah in 1847 after a t r ek across country by early church members.
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