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Salt Lake City to host run of Tony Award-winning ‘Book of Mormon’ for first time

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The Tony Award-winning musical Book of Mormon will be saying “Hello!” to Salt Lake City as the production will have a run next summer in the epicenter of the religion in which it pokes fun, according to a report today from the Associated Press.

The musical will make open at the Capitol Theatre, less than a half-mile from headquarters and temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on July 28, 2015 and will have 16 performances ending on Aug. 9, 2015.

This will be the first chance for theatergoers in the state to watch the story that does reference the city itself in at least one song, but definitely is a satirical take on the LDS Church.

The Mormon church restated its feelings on the musical Friday in similar fashion to the past, telling the AP that audiences may be entertained for the night, but the Book of Mormon changes people’s life forever.

According to a report from the Salt Lake City Tribune, some had thought in he past that the musical wouldn’t make its way to the state until it had a large-enough venue or it played out in larger cities first.

However, Book of Mormon will be added on to MagicSpace Entertainment’s 2014-15 Broadway Across America –– Utah season, which will bring Broadway shows to the Utah capital.

"We are particularly excited about this show and feel fortunate to have it appear in Salt Lake City," said MagicSpace CEO Lee Marshall.

Book of Mormon, the brainchild of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, was nominated for 13 Tony Awards in 2011, pulling in nine, including Best Musical.