'Book of Mormon' coming to L.A. in September 2012
"The Book of Mormon" -- the hit Broadway musical from the creators of "South Park" -- will make its Los Angeles debut in September at the Pantages Theatre. The 12-week engagement, which is part of a national tour, is scheduled to run Sept. 5-Nov. 25.
The national tour of "The Book of Mormon" will kick off in Denver on Aug. 14. The L.A. engagement will be the second stop on the tour and will be the first production of the Pantages' 2012-13 season. The Tony-winning show is currently playing to packed houses at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it debuted earlier this year.
"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker co-wrote the musical with Robert Lopez ("Avenue Q"). Parker directed the show with Casey Nicholaw, who also serves as choreographer.
In a release sent Wednesday, Stone and Parker said: "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" tells the story of two mismatched Mormon missionaries who are sent to a remote African village. The ribald comedy features songs and jokes that poke fun of various religions as well as hot-button subjects such as AIDS and female circumcision.
No cast has been announced for the touring production. The Broadway cast features Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Rory O'Malley and Nikki M. James.
Last week, "The Book of Mormon" earned a Grammy nomination for its original Broadway cast recording.
-- David Ng
Photo: A scene from the Broadway production of "The Book of Mormon." Credit: Joan Marcus