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'Book of Mormon' opens for Los Angeles musical faithful (video, photos)

65th Annual Tony Awards - Show

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Andrew Rannells and the cast of 'The Book of Mormon' performs on stage during the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City.

66th Annual Tony Awards - Show

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Host Neil Patrick Harris performs with the cast of 'Book of Mormon' onstage at the 66th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 10, 2012 in New York City.

"The Book Of Mormon" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

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The cast of 'The Book of Mormon' during the curtain call on the opening night of 'The Book of Mormon' on Broadway at Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011 in New York City.

Broadway Unites: 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

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'The Book of Mormon' cast members (L-R) Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James, Josh Gad, and Rory O'Malley attend the Broadway Unites: 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance ceremony at Times Square on September 9, 2011 in New York City.

"The Book of Mormon," the hit Broadway musical by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (along with Robert Lopez of "Avenue Q" fame), opens Wednesday night in L.A. at the Pantages for its first foray outside of New York City. If you don't know the story, it's about a pair of eager young Mormon missionaries who get assigned to spread their religion in rural Africa, and the challenges to their faith they encounter.

"I've been wanting to see 'The Book of Mormon' since the moment I heard it existed," said musical fan Patrick Fisackerly. He says he's loved Parker and Stone since the early days of "South Park," along with the South Park movie, which was (much to the surprise of many fans) also a musical. "[It's] one of the best movie musicals of the last 30 years," Fisackerly said. (He's not alone in that opinion — musical composing legend Stephen Sondheim said that musical was "just terrific.")