LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Maybe it is all in shared names. The popular Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" will have a run at The Smith Center in Las Vegas in 2014.
Joseph Smith was the first Mormon Church prophet and played the central role in establishing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by translating inscribed plates into the "Book of Mormon" in the mid-1800s.
The national tour of the Tony-winning musical will play unspecified summer dates at The Smith Center, part of the Broadway Las Vegas Season.
Several Las Vegas casinos had also been seeking to land the musical.
"We are thrilled to bring this award-winning musical as part of out 2013-14 Broadway Las Vegas Season," Smith Center President Myron Smith said in a prepared statement. "Las Vegas is a theater-savvy town and they know what's hot in New York. We've been getting requests for the show since it opened on Broadway. We've also gotten many requests to help acquire tickets in New York."
"The Book of Mormon" musical was created by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They worked together on the book, music and lyrics with Robert Lopez. The story focuses on two young Mormon missionaries in Uganda, mixing religious satire with tongue-in-cheek numbers..
The musical won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including best musical, best score, best book and best direction. It also won a Grammy Award for the cast album.