Road version launches in Denver next year
Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon” is prepping to send out its first team of missionaries, skedding a late 2012 stint at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts that will serve as the launch of a road production.There’s also speculation from London that a West End incarnation is in the offing through the Main Stem production’s connection with Sonia Friedman, the trans-Atlantic producer who is on the “Mormon” producing team led by Anne Garefino and Scott Rudin. Any potential trip to Blighty remains unconfirmed, but the Denver kickoff for the Stateside road incarnation has been set for December 2012, with a full touring itinerary to be hammered out later. Announcement was made during the Broadway League’s spring road conference in Gotham, in the wake of the show’s strong reviews, robust sales momentum and a Tony haul of a whopping 14 noms. A touring version of the profanity-laced, cheerfully sacrilegious “Mormon” could seem a dicey prospect given that many road markets are considered more conservative than the Gotham demo. On the other hand, the national fanbase “Mormon” co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have amassed through their long-running Comedy Central skein “South Park” buoys optimism, as does the tuner’s growing status as the season’s must-see offering. Show by Parker, Stone and “Avenue Q” co-creator Robert Lopez follows a team of Mormon missionaries confronted with the hardships of life in Uganda.