"Book of Mormon" co-creator Robert Lopez had a dream come true when he signed on with "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker for the musical satire about young Mormons on a mission to Africa.
"Matt and Trey and I started this together; it was so much fun to get to work with my heroes," he said. "They inspired me."
In fact, he says, "They inspired me for my whole career. I would have never done 'Avenue Q' if not for 'South Park.'"
Lopez shared the 2004 Tony Award for Best Original Score for "Avenue Q," a musical he created with Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty that starred Muppet-like puppets.
So while he's now no stranger to Broadway premieres, he found the opening at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood Wednesday to be unlike any other.
"It felt like a movie premiere in a weird way," he said. "It's a huge theater, and the cast was great," he said. "It was electrifying."