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‘The Book of Mormon’ musical to open in Las Vegas?

The Tony Award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon, may soon be landing its Vegas debut. VegasTripping.com is reporting that the hit musical, written and directed by South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q creator Robert Lopez, will be the featured musical at The Palazzo Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

The rumors are unconfirmed, but the blog is reporting several tipsters inside the casino’s operations have confirmed that the award-winning musical will be opening soon.

After nearly a year on the main stage in New York, touring productions will open around the country and the Denver run of 51,000 tickets sold out in less than five hours. Kicking off the tour in Denver in August, the production then travels to Los Angeles in September and more dates are expected to be announced in the near future. Originally slated for December, the tour was moved up four months due to such high demand. Rumors have also circulated that the show will be opening in London’s West End by the end of 2012.

The Book of Mormon was nominated for 14 Tony Awards and took home nine, including Best Musical, and a Grammy for the Best Musical Theater Album. The original cast recording was released in May and became the highest topping Broadway recording in decades and reached the third spot on the Billboard charts.

The musical tells the story of two Mormon missionaries sent to a village in Uganda. The pair is naive yet hopeful and tries to help the village, which is being threatened by a dangerous warlord. The locals are much more worried about famine, poverty and AIDS than religion. Offensive and charming, the musical mocks religion while acknowledging and appreciating faith.

The musical, which lampoons Mormons while celebrating their devotion, was only slightly criticized by the LDS Church.

“The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ,” an LDS Church official said in a press release.

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