Denver premiered the national tour of the musical that's being called "the new gold standard for Broadway" and "the best musical of the century" to sold-out shows and ticket lotteries Tuesday.
"I've already seen the show. I loved it. It was funny and filthy and naughty and all those things, but it was also not necessarily just about Mormons. It could have been any religion, really. And I thought musically it was genius," Brad Trexell told Westword before the show.
In an interview with the Denver Post, writers--and, lest we remind you, Colorado natives--Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that when they're in New York, they sometimes sit in the back of the theater and watch audience reactions.
"There are old ladies with pearl earrings and gray hair, and we're singing 'f--- you, God,' and they're laughing," Parker says. "Old people are the dirtiest people in the world."
The South Park creators co-wrote the musical with Robert Lopez, and have gone on to win nine Tony Awards including the 2011 Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Direction.
When tickets went on sale for the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, buyers were limited to six tickets apiece and it sold out within five hours. Two and a half hours before every show there will be a lottery for 24 tickets, and the musical will make a return in October of 2013 to the Buell Theater.
"I'm sure the Mormons will embrace this. Absolutely, 100 percent," Parker said in an interview. "They're going to give us things, they're going to send us letters of love. I can't wait, it's going to be awesome."