NEW YORK – Los Angeles, prepare to be converted.
The Tony-winning Broadway musical smash, The Book of Mormon, will make its West Coast debut with a strictly limited 12-week engagement at the Pantages Theatre next fall, running Sept. 5-Nov. 25.
Written by the South Park team of Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez, the buddy comedy about two clueless missionaries fresh out of Salt Lake City and dropped into a Ugandan village cleaned up at this year’s Tony Awards in June. It took home nine honors, including best musical, score, book, direction and featured actress. Parker shares directing reins on the production with Casey Nicholaw, who also choreographed.
“We moved to Los Angeles twenty years ago to try and make it as filmmakers,” commented Parker and Stone. “The last thing we expected is that one day we would be bringing our Broadway musical here. It’s crazy and great.”
“The question people most ask me about the show – aside from ‘can you get me tickets?’ – is ‘when’s it coming to LA?’” added Lopez. “It’s great to finally have a good answer to one question, if not the other.”
The L.A. dates are part of the Book of Mormon national tour, which kicks off Aug. 14 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. The show has been playing to capacity houses at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway since it opened on March 24, regularly breaking house records.
The original cast recording recently earned a Grammy nomination for best musical theater album.