Tickets for the Denver production of “The Book of Mormon” go on sale January 22 and promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the year. In addition to the success of the play on Broadway, Denver is the hometown for writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, best known as the creators of South Park. In fact, the Salt Lake Tribune has called the production “the hottest show in the U.S.” The Denver production will play at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and will run through September 2.
The tour will be the first production of the tour away from Broadway, and Denver is the first stop. After closing, the show will move to Los Angeles, where it will open September 5 and run for three months. A separate production will be staged in Chicago beginning December 1, and also will run for three months. It has been reported that a West End version will open in London either later this year or in 2013, though no dates or further information has been confirmed.
Parker and Stone wrote the book, lyrics and music of the religious satire musical along Robert Lopez, who is best known for his work on “Avenue Q.” The production debuted at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on March 24, after previews began February 24. At the 2011 Tony Awards ceremony, “The Book of Mormon” won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Since opening it has received very popular critical response and has been a commercial success despite the fact that it was recently reported that it had one of the highest ticket prices on Broadway. The Telegraph reported the average price for a ticket was $178, only slightly lower than the record-setting average price for “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” which totaled $190.65.