"Book of Mormon" co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker want you to know that when you ask them for tickets to their hit Broadway musical, you're not really getting something free.
"Everyone wants us to get them tickets, but what they don't realize is that we have to pay for them," Parker told Jimmy Kimmel last week. "We've literally spent tens of thousands of dollars on getting tickets for people."
That includes tickets for Parker's fifth-grade music teacher and his girlfriend's hairdresser (who didn't even make it to the show, leaving Parker out the cash). Oh, and the doctor in L.A. who once treated Stone in the 1990s (he didn't get tickets).
They claim even they have to pay for seats when they recently attended the touring production of the show at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, where the musical officially opens on Wednesday.
"Matt and I are the single biggest ticket buyers," Parker said.
"That's why it's sold out," Stone added.
The musical comedy, a satirical look at the Church of Latter-Day Saints' "Book of Mormon," revolves around two mismatched Mormon missionaries assigned to spread the word in a small village in Africa.
Mormons like the show, Parker said: "A lot of them kinda see it as their 'Fiddler on the Roof.'"
And, yes, the country's most high-profile Mormon, Mitt Romney, has been invited to the show, but hasn't yet attended. But the offer stands: "We'll pay for his tickets," Stone says.
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