The creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are celebrating the show’s 25th season premiere in a fun way that harkens back to the past. They brought together a group of talented Broadway stars, including professional singers and a 30-piece orchestra, to perform a new take on the classic South Park song “Kyle’s Mom’s a B*tch.” The results were shared by Comedy Central in a video posted online and even include an appearance from Kyle, Cartman, Kenny and Stan. You can watch the video below.
Broadway veteran Stephen Oremus arranged the interpretation. It features singers Nikki Renee Daniels, Tamar Greene, Jeff Kready and Elizabeth Stanley. Oremus told The Hollywood Reporter how exciting it was to work on this new version of the popular song.
“I was delighted to be able to reinvent these South to park classics in a more traditional orchestral concert setting,” explains Oremus. “It was so much fun blasting them out and giving them such appropriate classic renditions. I called up some of the best musicians and singers I know — friends and colleagues I’ve worked with on Broadway and on TV, and we got to make music, dress up, and laugh for a few days.
South to park executive producer Anne Garefino adds, “We worked with Stephen on the Delivered of Mormon. [Parker and Stone] trust him completely for his work. For the 25th season, we thought it would be fun to celebrate the music of South to park. This is just the beginning.”
The song “Kyle’s Mom” dates back to the first season of South Park when it was featured in the holiday-themed episode “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poop” in 1997. It was later sung again by Eric Cartman in a more outlandish fashion in the 1999 film South Park: bigger, longer and uncut. More recently, an instrumental version of the iconic song made a special appearance in the video game. South Park: The Fractured But Wholereleased in 2017.
South Park is gonna stay a while
It was recently announced that Comedy Central is finally bringing back South Park with a 25th season, with the return of weekly episodes. While the season consists of six episodes, the South Park also developed special “movies” that stream separately on Paramount+, so South Park content will continue to be created on a frequent basis. It’s part of the team agreement that renewed South Park on Comedy Central through 2027 and includes 14 exclusive Paramount+ projects.
“When we came to ViacomCBS with a different way of producing the show during the pandemic, Chris (McCarthy), Nina (Diaz), Keyes (Hill-Edgar) and Tanya (Giles) immediately supported us and allowed us to ‘trying something new which has proven to be very well received,’ Parker and Stone said in a statement when the renewal was first announced. “We can’t wait to get back to the tradition South Park episodes but now we can also try new formats. It’s great to have partners who will always try their luck with us.
“Comedy Central has been our home for 25 years and we are truly pleased that they have committed to us for the next 75 years,” they added.
Season 25 of South Park will premiere on Comedy Central on February 2, 2022.
South Park will air until at least 2027 with 14 original films streaming separately on Paramount+ under a new deal with the creators and ViacomCBS.
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