The Book of Mormon to Launch 2012 U.S. Tour in Denver

News   The Book of Mormon to Launch 2012 U.S. Tour in Denver
The national tour of The Book of Mormon, the new Broadway musical that recently nabbed 14 Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical, will say "Hello!" to Denver audiences in December 2012, producers announced May 12.

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Emmy Award-winning "South Park" creators and Book of Mormon co-authors Trey Parker and Matt Stone both hail from Colorado. They penned the musical along with Avenue Q Tony winner Robert Lopez. It will launch at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, with additional cities and dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

"We can't tell you how much it means to us to open the tour in the state in which we grew up. It’s like coming home," Parker said in a statement. "We can't wait to play the show across America and the fact that we're getting the chance to start where we grew up is an incredible bonus and very humbling."

The Times of London also reported that Tony-winning producer Sonia Friedman, who is among the Broadway producers of Book of Mormon, is aiming to bring the production to the West End in 2012.

The musical centers on a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries who venture from Salt Lake City to AIDS-ravaged Uganda in the hopes of converting villagers with the story of Joseph Smith and the founding of the Mormon Church. The problem is: Only one of them has actually read the book.

Book, music and lyrics are by Parker, Stone and Lopez. Parker co-directs with Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot), who also choreographs.

The Book of Mormon opened to raves March 24 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. It earned 14 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Choreography.

For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Eugene O'Neill Theatre is located at 230 West 49th Street.

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