The Book of Mormon, With Nic Rouleau, Ben Platt and Syesha Mercado, Opens in Chicago Dec. 19
By Adam Hetrick
The Tony Award-winning hit musical The Book of Mormon, penned by "South Park" writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q songwriter Robert Lopez, officially opens in Chicago Dec. 19 at the Bank of America Theatre.
Nic Rouleau and Ben Platt co-star as Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, respectively, in the second national tour of the Tony-winning musical, which began performances Dec. 11 at the Bank of America Theatre. The engagement, which is currently sold-out through March 3, 2013, is scheduled to continue through June 2, 2013.
The cast also features "American Idol" finalist Syesha Mercado as Nabulungi, Pierce Cassedy as Elder McKinley and James Vincent Meredith as Mafala Hatimbi.
"South Park" creators-writers Parker and Stone, and Tony-winning Avenue Q songwriter Lopez collaborated on the script and score to the musical, which earned Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical.
Co-directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon opened to critical acclaim March 24, 2011, at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Both earned Tony Awards for their work and repeat their duties for the tour.
Completing the company are Christopher Shyer, David Aron Damane, J. Casey Barrett, Tallia Brinson, Patrice Covington, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Jake Emmerling, Mike Evariste, Donell James Foreman, Bradley Gale, Eric Giancola, Darius Harper, Eric Huffman, Corey Hummerston, Eric Jackson, Emily Jenda, Nick Laughlin, J. Paris Alexander Nesbitt, Monica Patton, John Pinto Jr., Jon-Michael Reese, Travis Robertson, Cessalee Stovall, Hardy Weaver, Rob Colletti and Stephen Mark Lukas.
The Book of Mormon has set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Oremus.
The Book of Mormon also picked up Tony Awards for Best Direction (Parker and co-director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw), Best Performance by a Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt).
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