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Parker and Stone's The Book of Mormon cast details and preview

By April MacIntyre Nov 21, 2010, 2:08 GMT

Parker and Stone's The Book of Mormon cast details and preview

The production opens on Broadway on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street). Previews begin on February 24, 2011.

"South Park" comes the Great White Way.

Initial casting has been announced for The Book of Mormon, the first Broadway musical from the creators of “South Park”. 

The production opens on Broadway on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street).  Previews begin on February 24, 2011. 

Tickets are now on sale

The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of Comedy Central’s animated series, “South Park”. 

Tony Award-winner Lopez is composer and co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The world premiere musical is choreographed by three-time Tony Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and directed by Nicholaw and Parker. 

Premise

The play follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get, features Josh Gad as Elder Cunningham, Andrew Rannells as Elder Price, Nikki M. James as Nabalungi, Rory O’Malley as Elder McKinley and Michael Potts as Mafala Hatimbi, with Scott Barnhardt, Justin Bohon, Darlesia Cearcy, Kevin Duda, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Brian Tyree Henry, John Eric Parker, Jason Michael Snow, Benjamin Schrader, Michael James Scott, Brian Sears, Lawrence Stallings, Rema Webb, Maia Nkenge Wilson and Tommar Wilson.   Additional casting will be announced soon.

Parker and Stone make their Broadway musical writing debut with this effort.

“South Park” begins its 15th season on Comedy Central in April, 2011. 

Parker and Stone’s credits also include the critically acclaimed films, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and Team America: World Police. 

Parker co-wrote the musical numbers for South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.  The film’s accomplished and outrageous score surprised and delighted critics and audiences. 

Parker shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for the music and lyrics for “Blame Canada” from the film’s score.  The New York Film Critics Circle also honored South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut with the organization’s first award ever presented for Best Animated Film.  

Robert Lopez with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, wrote Finding Nemo: The Musical (playing Orlando since 2006), the Broadway-bound original musical Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse, 2011) and songs for Winnie The Pooh (Disney Feature Animation, 2011).  He shared two Emmy Awards for his music for “The Wonder Pets,” and an Emmy nomination for the “Scrubs” musical episode. 

Casey Nicholaw received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Direction and Choreography for The Drowsy Chaperone and 2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Choreography for Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols. 

The set design will be by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman.  Music supervision is by Stephen Oremus.  

Tickets are now sale at Telecharge.com or by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200.  

Performance schedule:

Beginning February 24
Monday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinee on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

Beginning March 28
Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 PM.

Beginning May 30
Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM.

Beginning September 5:
Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 PM.

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BIOGRAPHIES           

JOSH GAD (Elder Cunningham) is a theater, television and film actor who got his start in the 2005 hit show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway. Currently, Josh is a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”.  His film credits include: 21, The Rocker and Love and Other Drugs, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. Josh was a series regular on the Steve Levitan/Christopher Lloyd Fox sitcom “Back to You,” with Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell and Patricia Heaton and is currently voicing the lead character in David Gordon Green's upcoming animated MTV show, “Good Vibes”.

ANDREW RANNELLS (Elder Price) was last seen on Broadway as Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys, having played the role on the First National Tour and in the Toronto company as well.  Prior to that, Rannells played Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray.  Over the past year, he has been a proud part of the development of new projects including William Finn and James Lapine's Little Miss Sunshine (based on the film) and Douglas Carter Beane's new musical Give It Up!   Rannells' work as a voice actor can be heard on several animated series and numerous television and radio commercials.

NIKKI M. JAMES (Nabalungi) recently starred in Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) and Caesar and Cleopatra (Cleopatra opposite Christopher Plummer) at Stratford Shakespeare Festival and as Dorothy in The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse. Broadway: All Shook Up (Lorraine), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Other theatre: Adela in Bernarda Alba (Lincoln Center Theater), Otillie in House of Flowers (City Center Encores!), Walmartopia (Off Broadway). Workshops: Lizzie in Baby (Paper Mill/NJPAC), Beehive on Broadway and many more.  TV: “30 Rock,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Third Watch,” “The Jury,” as well as many national commercials and voiceovers. Holds a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School.

RORY O’MALLEY (Elder McKinley) is the luckiest man on earth to be in this hilarious show.  Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Off-Broadway: Newsical. Regional: created the role of Richie Cunningham in Garry Marshall’s Happy Days The Musical for Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse and recorded the original cast album. Rory expanded his repertoire of pasty white dudes by butchering the song “Cadillac Car” as lead singer of 'Dave and the Sweethearts' in the film Dreamgirls. Carnegie Mellon grad. Love to Mom, Katie, Jenny and Gerold. For Peggy Ann.

MICHAEL POTTS (Mafala Hatimbi). Broadway:  Grey Gardens, Lennon. Theater credits include: World premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Guthrie) The Tempest, Richard III, Oedipus, Highway Ulysses, The Persians, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, The Hostage, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Arms and the Man, Mud River Stone, The Rivals, Overtime, Rent, The America Play (OBIE Award). TV & Film credits include: “Damages,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “The Wire,” “Queens Supreme,” “Oz,” “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “Thomas Jefferson,” “The West,” Conspiracy Theory, The Peacemaker, Diggers, Stonewall, Jocasta.  Michael is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

SCOTT BARNHARDT (Ensemble). Broadway/NY: Deaf West’s Big River (2004 Tony Honor), Bye Bye Birdie (Encores!). Tours: The Boy Friend (dir. Julie Andrews), Disney on Classic (Tokyo Philharmonic). Regional: Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain, Wendell in Emmet Otter (both at Goodspeed), Jinx in Forever Plaid (Cape Playhouse) and Carmen Ghia in The Producers (Pioneer Theater).  

JUSTIN BOHON (Ensemble). Broadway: Will in Oklahoma! (Theater World & Astaire Awards, Drama Desk & Outer Critics nominations), Chip in On the Town (City Center), 9 to 5, Les Miserables, All Shook Up, The Producers, Miss Saigon. Tours: Freddy in My Fair Lady (Helen Hayes Award).  Directed by Julie Andrews, Harold Prince and Robert De Niro.  Love to family and friends.

DARLESIA CEARCY (Ensemble). AEA member. Broadway: The Color Purple, Ragtime (Helen Hayes Nomination) The Goodbye Girl, Encores! The Wiz. Regional/ Europe: Nicolette and Aucassin, Once On This Island, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Who’s Tommy. National Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar. TV: “Law and Order SVU,” “Rescue Me,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Mercy”. Film: The Challenger, RUSH.

KEVIN DUDA (Ensemble). Broadway: Les Liaison Dangereuses.  National Tours:  Xanadu, Cinderella, Little Women.  International: Best of Broadway (Europe), Guys and Dolls (Macau), Ain’t We Got Fun (London). Regional: Walnut Street, NSMT, Barrington, Gulfshore Playhouse, Goodspeed, Bristol Riverside. Soloist w/ Various Orchestras. BFA, The Hartt School.  Sorry you can't see the show Mom & Dad.

ASMERET GHEBREMICHAEL (Ensemble).Broadway: Legally Blonde (Pilar), Spamalot, Wicked, Footloose. Off-Broadway: In the Heights, Lone Star Love. 1st National Tour: Aida. Film/TV: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Red Hook, The Drummer, “Legally Blonde” (MTV), “As the World Turns,” “Law & Order: Trial by Jury.” B.S. in Communications from NYU (valedictory speaker of graduating class).

BRIAN TYREE HENRY (Ensemble). Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: The Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre: The Brothers/Sister Plays. Public Theatre: The Brothers Size. NYSF/Public: Romeo & Juliet. Regional: The Studio Theatre, The Brothers Size, Shakespeare on the Sound: Othello, Long Wharf: A Civil War Christmas. National: The Abbey Theatre, The Brothers Size. TV/Film: “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order.” Awards: Helen Hayes (nom), AUDELCO (nom). MFA from Yale School of Drama 2007.

JOHN ERIC PARKER (Ensemble). Broadway: Memphis, All Shook Up, Rent. New York: The Wiz (City Center), The Body Beautiful, Jerry Springer (Carnegie Hall). Regional: The Overwhelming, Intimate Apparel, Once on this Island, Chess. A proud member of The Broadway Inspirational Voices having sung/recorded with Jason Mraz, Elton John, Liza Minnelli and Barbara Cook.

BENJAMIN SCHRADER (Ensemble). Broadway: Ragtime, Avenue Q. Off-Broadway: Next to Normal (NYMF), Dog Sees God. National tours: Avenue Q, Deaf West's Big River. Regional: Maltby and Shire's Take Flight at the McCarter, Sweeney Todd, Hair, 1776 at Seattle's 5th Avenue. Film Credits: W.E. directed by Madonna (2011) and BBC's “Rebels and Redcoats”.

BRIAN SEARS (Ensemble) is stoked to finally be a Mormon on Broadway! Other credits: Broadway: Lend Me a Tenor (dir. Stanley Tucci), Finian's Rainbow, Grease, All Shook Up. 1st National Tour:  All Shook Up (Dean Hyde).  Regional: Goodspeed, Paper Mill and Marriott Lincolnshire (Jeff nomination). CCM Alum.   For MG.

JASON MICHAEL SNOW (Ensemble).  Broadway:  South Pacific (Quale). National Tour: Xanadu (Thalia). Playwrights Horizons: Saved (Zac). Goodspeed Opera House:  Pirates! (Frederic).  Acknowledgements and thanks to the following; Mary Cooper, Lisa Sheldon, his huge almost Mormon sized family, The Boston Conservatory, his BMI family, and most importantly his friends for keeping his head on straight. DWTFM.

MICHAEL JAMES SCOTT (Ensemble). Broadway: Hair, All Shook Up, Mamma Mia!, Tarzan, The Pirate Queen. London's West End: Hair (Asst. Choreographer & Hud u/s). Off-Broadway: Here's to the Public!. New York Stage: Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall. National/International Tours: Fosse (Standby for Ben Vereen), Mamma Mia! (first national). Special Engagement: Jersey Boys Las Vegas (original cast). Member of the critically acclaimed singing group The Broadway Boys. B.F.A. Webster Conservatory. Love to my Family and my BOOs. 

LAWRENCE STALLINGS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this talented cast! Broadway: Hair (Tribe/Flag Song Trio); Passing Strange (“Youth” standby); 1st National Tour/Off-Broadway: Hair; Passing Strange; Shafrika, The White Girl; The Book Of Mormon (NYC Workshop) Regional: Sizwe Bansi is Dead (Sizwe); Songs For A New World (Man 1); Sam Cooke: Forever Mr. Soul (One Man Show) at Milwaukee Rep and Delaware Theatre Company; From My Hometown (Detroit); Death and the King’s Horseman (Olunde); Life Is A Dream (Segismundo); Sparkle, The Musical. Film/TV: “The Rebound”; TLC’s “Diagnosis X” (recurring); “1000 Ways To Die”; “A Royal Birthday”(mini-series). MFA-Acting (Temple) Jeremiah 1:7!

REMA WEBB (Ensemble). Broadway and national tours: The Lion King and Ragtime. Regional: Being Alive, Violet, Avenue X and Company. TV and film: Beloved with Oprah Winfrey, “The Oksana Baiul Story,” “Sudden Death”. Thanks to God, my foundation; Mama and Ronny, my angels; and Khayel and Ayanna, my strength.

MAIA NKENGE WILSON (Ensemble). Broadway: Shrek, 9 to 5, The Color Purple, and Rent. Regional favorites:  Smokey Joe's, Ain't Misbehavin', Menopause The Musical.  Singer/Songwriter...Mother & Lover of Life! NAMASTE! Cheers BOM family!

TOMMAR WILSON (Ensemble). Broadway: Hair, Hairspray, Lestat, Never Gonna Dance, The Music Man, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and tours of Ragtime and Mamma Mia!  Other recent appearances: In Transit (Primary Stages), Band Geeks (Goodspeed), and the final season of the old school “Law and Order”. Carnegie Mellon grad.

TREY PARKER (Co-Director, Book, Music, Lyrics) wrote and directed his first feature film, Cannibal! The Musical, while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. A few years later, Trey co-created the hit animated series “South Park” with Matt Stone (his college friend and Cannibal! producer).  Debuting on Comedy Central in 1997 and currently in its 15th Season, “South Park” has won four Emmy Awards, as well as the coveted Peabody Award. The same year “South Park” debuted, Parker wrote, directed, and starred in the film Orgazmo.  Two years later, Parker and Stone released the critically-acclaimed feature film, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.  The musical, which Parker directed and co-wrote, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Song and a NY Film Critics Award.  In 2004, the pair returned to theaters with Team America: World Police, an action movie co-written and directed by Parker that starred a cast of marionettes.  It has been a long-time dream of Parker’s to write a musical for Broadway. Trey Parker is originally from Conifer, Colorado.

ROBERT LOPEZ (Book, Music, Lyrics) sang in church choirs throughout college and always suspected he’d return to sacred music.  He shared a Tony Award and Grammy nomination for Avenue Q, the 20th longest running Broadway musical, which he co-wrote and conceived.  With wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he wrote Finding Nemo: The Musical (playing Orlando since 2006), the Broadway-bound original musical Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse, 2011) and songs for Winnie The Pooh (Disney Feature Animation, 2011).  He shared two Emmy Awards for his music for “The Wonder Pets,” and an Emmy nomination for the “Scrubs” musical episode.  Member BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild, WGA, AEA, Yale grad, native NY’er. Thanks Mom, Dad, Billy, Katie, Annie, and especially Kristen for all the meaning.

MATT STONE (Book, Music, Lyrics) met Trey Parker at the University of Colorado and together they made a short animated piece called, “The Spirit of Christmas”. This launched their most recognized work, the critically acclaimed and award winning television show, “South Park”.  The animated series is in its 15th season on Comedy Central and has won Stone four Emmy Awards and the coveted Peabody Award.  South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, which Stone produced and co-wrote, earned an Oscar nomination and the first NY Film Critics Award for an animated film. In addition to “South Park,” Stone has partnered with Parker on the low budget Cannibal: The Musical, the superhero comedy Orgazmo and the marionette action thriller Team America:  World Police.  Matt Stone is originally from Littleton, Colorado.

CASEY NICHOLAW (Director and Choreographer) is currently represented on Broadway with Elf: the Musical. He received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his work on The Drowsy Chaperone and 2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Choreography for Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols. Additional New York credits: for City Center Encores! – the highly acclaimed productions of Anyone Can Whistle and Follies (direction and choreography), Bye Bye Birdie (choreography) and Can-Can (musical staging); for N.Y. Philharmonic – Candide; South Pacific at Carnegie Hall  (also on PBS Great Performances), Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way at Radio City Music Hall starring the world-famous Rockettes.  He directed and choreographed the world premieres of Minsky's at Center Theater Group and Robin and the 7 Hoods at the Old Globe.

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