Parker: That’s brutal. I’ve seen that happen before. I’ve actually taken a more active role in going and directing all the understudies. Because there are understudies going on that we’ve never even talked to, and the idea that people can be out there paying that much money and then, who knows, it’s a random Wednesday and maybe they see an understudy. That’s why it’s tough to think about how, on any given night, with four companies going, how much control do we really have over the entire thing?
Q. But even just the face-value prices are high. I don’t mean to sound disrespectful, but did you ever think you’d create something that would cost that much?
Stone: We talked about it a lot when we were writing it. There’s a different contract with the audience with a TV show. When we do “South Park,” it’s on for free and it’s on in the corner and maybe you’re doing something [else while watching]. And if you don’t like it for whatever reason, it’s like, “Well, [expletive] you, it’s free.” A musical is a big night out for people. Even at just face-value prices, it’s a hundred bucks a ticket; people get dressed up. You’ve got to deliver on that.
Q. Since the show is coming to Massachusetts, I’m curious if you know whether our former governor, Mitt Romney, ever took you up on your offer to see the show?
Stone: I don’t think so. I think we would’ve heard.
Parker: Maybe in Boston.
Q. So would you like to extend a personal invitation, maybe meet him for a cup of coffee after to have a discussion?
Parker: If he wants to go to the show and meet for a cup of coffee, we’ll do it. [Stone laughs.]
Stone: If he’ll drink coffee, or a Pepsi, or a beer with us, we will do it.
Q. Oh, right, he probably doesn’t drink caffeine. Maybe, he’ll have some nice caffeine-free tea?
Stone: He has to drink caffeine, damn it.
Q. What would Cartman think of “Book of Mormon”?
Parker: He wouldn’t go. It’s a hundred bucks a ticket.
Q. Plus he’s a little young. But then again, I saw very young kids at my show, like 8 or 9.
Stone: That’s [expletive] up.
Parker: Yeah, that’s basically child abuse.
Q. Fans must come up and quote “South Park” dialogue to you all the time. Has that grown tedious?
Stone: We love it so much. It’s one of the best things about our job. Please come up and quote “South Park” to us.