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Blumenthal issues warning about ‘Book of Mormon’

Apparently, the connection with the gleefully scatological TV show “South Park” wasn’t enough of a warning.

So Blumenthal Performing Arts wants to make this very clear: “The Book of Mormon,” the Tony Award-winning musical created by “South Park” producers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, is just as gleefully naughty.

In a letter to subscribers to Blumenthal’s Broadway Lights series, president Tom Gabbard issued a warning and offered to swap subscribers’ seats for another show.

“Not all theater fans in New York have been enamored with the show’s South Park-style humor or its explicit language and irreverence,” Gabbard wrote. “We expect the same will be true in Charlotte.”

In other words, the people who brought you a Christmas special starring a singing piece of excrement can be expected to dance all over anything you might be sensitive about, from offensive language to jokes about sexual orientation and religion.

“The Book of Mormon,” which plays at the Blumenthal Dec. 26-Jan. 5, involves two young Mormon men who make a mission trip to Africa. Let’s just say “hijinks ensue.”

Gabbard was sick Wednesday and unavailable for comment. The Blumenthal did not answer questions on whether the letter has had an effect on ticket sales. However, a Blumenthal spokesperson said the letter is similar to one Gabbard sent in 2010, before the opening of “Spring Awakening,” a Broadway show that contained nudity, adult language and sexual themes.

On the Blumenthal website, “The Book of Mormon” includes both a note on offensive language, and a prominently posted “Parental Guidance” link.

Gabbard’s letter also struck a note of pride, however, in bringing the show that the New York Times called “the best musical of the century.”

“We are thrilled to have this show in Charlotte as part of the diverse variety of arts and entertainment we believe our community deserves. …We encourage theatergoers to do a little homework and make their own choice as whether or not a show is right for them.”

With that in mind, remember: “South Park” airs on Comedy Central every Wednesday at 10 p.m.

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