Despite their nearly two decades of golden success, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have always put on for Colorado -- magnum opus South Park, for example, is basically a fifteen-year-long-and-counting tribute to the home state -- and given that track record, we weren't surprised at all when they announced that their multi-Tony-Award-winning Book of Mormon would make its off-Broadway debut right here in Denver. Thanks, dudes, we appreciate that.
It was a long time to wait (initial projections put the musical here around December of next year), and so the good news is that the expected wait just got a little shorter. The bad news is that the visit will be painfully short.
Now, the musical (which won nine Tonys, including best musical -- did we mention that?) will arrive in less than a year, opening in Denver on August 14 -- but only lasting until September 2; apparently, that's because it's been made an "add-on" to the Denver Center's 2012 season rather than a full production, even though it's huge. The effect that will have is that it will make it pretty tough for average folk to even get a ticket, let alone an affordable one; Denver Center subscribers will get first crack, and whatever they don't buy up will go to the general public.
The other good/bad news is the venue: Instead of taking up residence at the Buell, the cpmplex's largest house, Book of Mormon will live out its three-week tenure at the smaller and more intimate (and better-sounding) Ellie Caulkins Opera House -- which is very exciting indeed, if you can get in, but it also means it'll be even harder to make that happen.
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No word yet on how much tickets will cost or when they will go on sale to the general public; we're currently in early negotiations for a bootleg with the folks who sell DVDs from a blanket near our office, so we'll let you know how that goes.