'The Book Of Mormon' Kicks Off Its National Tour In Denver (PHOTOS)

In this theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Andrew Rannells, center, performs with an ensemble cast in "T
In this theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Andrew Rannells, center, performs with an ensemble cast in "The Book of Mormon" at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York. The producers of “The Book of Mormon” said Wednesday they'll celebrate their one-year anniversary by handing out seats to a free matinee performance on June 6 for whoever survives a ticket lottery. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

The moment we've all been waiting for is here. Today, the Tony-Award winning musical that everyone is talking about kicks off its first preview for the musical's first national tour. The Book of Mormon, written by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker with lyrics by Avenue Q songwriter Robert Lopez, tells the satirical story of two missionaries from the Church of the Latter Day Saints who venture to Uganda to share the scriptures.

The musical, which has taken home nine Tony-Awards including 2011 Best Musical, is co-directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw and first opened March 24, 2011 to outstanding reviews. The New York Times called The Book of Mormon "something like a miracle" and Jon Stewart said, "It's so good it makes me f**king angry."

The first preview opens tonight at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado and runs through September 2. The production stars Tony nominee Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner. In December, a separate Chicago production premieres at the Bank of America Theatre.

Fingers crossed the national tour makes it a bit easier to get a hold of the magic ticket.

Current Tour Dates:

Denver, CO (Aug. 14-Sept. 2 at Ellie Caulkins Opera House)
Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 5-Nov. 25 at the Pantages Theatre)
San Francisco, CA (Nov. 27-Dec. 30 at the Curran Theatre)
Portland, OR (Jan. 1-6, 2013, at the Keller Auditorium)
Seattle, WA (Jan. 8-20, 2013, at the Paramount)
Des Moines, IA (Feb. 5-17, 2013, at the Civic Center of Des Moines)
Minneapolis, MN (Feb. 5-17, 2013, at the Orpheum Theatre)
St. Louis, MO (Feb. 19-March 3, 2013, at the Fox Theatre)
Rochester, NY (March 5-10, 2013, at the Auditorium Theatre)
Detroit, MI (March 12-24, 2013, at the Fisher Theatre)
Pittsburgh, PA (March 26-April 7, 2013, at the Benedum Center)
Boston, MA (April 9-28, 2013, at the Boston Opera House)
Toronto, ON (April 30-June 9, 2013)
Buffalo, NY (June 11-16, 2013, at the Shea's PAC)
Cleveland, OH (June 18-July 7, 2013, at the Palace Theatre)
Washington, DC (July 9-Aug. 18, 2013, at The Kennedy Center)

[via Playbill]

See a slideshow of the Book of Mormon fan day in New York this summer:

"Book Of Mormon" Fan Appreciation Day