‘The Book of Mormon’, the Tony Award winning musical from the creators of the hit animated TV series ‘South Park’ and the Broadway smash hit ‘Avenue Q’, is gearing up for its first national tour set to launch on August 14, 2012 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO. It is also set to hit the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles for a 12-week run, from September 5th to November 25th as part of its jaunt.
‘Mormon’ will stage its first run in L.A. due to insistent public demand. As show composer Robert Lopez of ‘Avenue Q’ fame puts it, “The question people most ask me about the show – aside from ‘can you get me tickets?’ – is ‘when’s it coming to LA? It’s great to finally have a good answer to one question, if not the other.”
Show writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone of ‘South Park’ fame were ecstatic about the musical’s Los Angeles premiere, saying, “We moved to Los Angeles twenty years ago to try and make it as filmmakers. The last thing we expected is that one day we would be bringing our Broadway musical here. It’s crazy and great.”
‘The Book of Mormon’, a comedy about two dim-witted Mormon missionaries sent on an evangelical mission from Utah to Uganda, was the big winner in the 2011 Tony Awards with nine wins, including Best Musical honors. It also bagged a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The production is helmed on stage by Parker and show choreographer Casey Nicholaw.
The show still plays in Broadway via the Eugene O’Neill Theatre for nine months now and has consistently played to sold-out crowds since its premiere on March 24.