The Book of Mormon Will Launch National Tour Four Months Early | Playbill

News The Book of Mormon Will Launch National Tour Four Months Early
The Tony Award-winning hit musical The Book of Mormon will ring doorbells in Denver, CO, a few months early. The national tour of the musical by the creators of "South Park" and Avenue Q will now begin performances in August 2012.

Producers originally announced that The Book of Mormon would launch its U.S. tour in December 2012 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Buell Theatre. The engagement will now begin Aug. 14, 2012, for a run through Sept. 2 in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Caulkins has a slightly smaller seating capacity than the Buell.

Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 7 at 10 AM to Denver Center Attractions 2012 subscribers. A single ticket on-sale date has not been announced.

"South Park" creators-writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Tony-winning Avenue Q songwriter Robert Lopez collaborated on the script and score to the musical, which earned Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical.

Josh Gad ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") and Andrew Rannells (Jersey Boys) star in the Broadway production as an unlikely 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. The Book of Mormon also picked up Tony Awards for Best Direction (Parker and co-director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw), Best Performance by a Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt).

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