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Book of Mormon to play in Salt Lake City

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Image caption The Broadway version of the musical won nine Tony Awards in 2011

Hit musical Book of Mormon is due to land in Salt Lake City for the first time next year, near the location of the Mormon church's headquarters.

It will run from July to August at The Capitol Theatre, less than half a mile from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' flagship temple.

Written by South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the show pokes fun at two naive missionaries who visit Uganda.

It debuted on Broadway in 2011, and is currently running in London's West End.

The show heavily satirises both faith and musicals themselves - but the church has capitalised on being in the spotlight, launching an "I'm a Mormon" advertising campaign to tie in with the London and New York productions, as well as buying ads in theatre programmes.

Salt Lake City was founded by Mormon settlers in 1847, and as much as 58% of the population still practices the faith.

On learning the musical was to arrive on its doorstep, the church reiterated its previous position that the production "might entertain audiences for an evening, but the real Book of Mormon changes people's lives forever".

The West End production received six nominations when this year's Olivier Awards were announced on Monday, tying with The Scottsboro Boys and Once.

It also collected four prizes at last week's What's on Stage Awards, including best new musical and best actor in a musical for Gavin Creel.

Featuring tracks such as I Believe, the music was written by Avenue Q's co-creator Robert Lopez, who recently won an Oscar with his wife for their song Let it Go from Disney's Frozen.

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