Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album and four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon has announced the cast for the Australian premiere production in 2017.
The much-anticipated production is led by Ryan Bondy as Elder Price and A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham – direct from playing the roles on Broadway, in the West End and across America. They are joined by Zahra Newman as Nabalungi (Miss Julie, The Mountaintop), Bert LaBonté as Mafala (Richard III, Pippin) and Rowan Witt as Elder McKinley (Into the Woods, South Pacific).
Other cast includes Daniel Assetta, Blake Bowden (Elder Price Standby), Andrew Broadbent (Price’s Dad/ Joseph Smith/ Mission President), Camille Eanga–Selenge, Donell James Foreman, Eddie Grey, Phyre Hawkins, Antwaun Holley, Matt Holly, Todd Jacobsson, Jay James-Moody (Elder Cunningham Standby), Justin Lonesome, Mitchel Mahony, Loredo Malcolm, Joshua Mulheran, Morgan Palmer, Elenoa Rokobaro, Joshua Russell, Ryan Sheppard, CoCo Smith, Timothy Springs, Cessalee Stovall, Augustin Aziz Tchantcho (General), Teddy Trice, Brinie Wallace and Jamaal Wilson.
Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theater, The Book of Mormon has played 253 consecutive weeks at more than 100% capacity on Broadway, 170 weeks at more than 100% capacity at theatres around the US, and sold out every single one of its 1225 performances thus far in London’s West End.
The London production opened in February 2013, winning four Olivier Awards®, including Best New Musical. The Book of Mormon smashed box office records for the highest single day of sales in West End history. It has broken the house record at the Eugene O’Neill Theater more than 50 times and set 90 house records at 47 theatres around the US. In Australia it has already broken the house record for the highest selling on sale period of any production in the Princess Theatre’s 159-year history.
Book, Music and Lyrics are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Co-directed by Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon has choreography by Casey Nicholaw, set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design by Brian Ronan, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus and music supervision and vocal arrangements by Stephen Oremus.
With performances commencing on 18 January (Opening Night – 4 February) at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, and due to unprecedented demand, new seats for The Book of Mormon have gone on sale today. Bookings for the award-winning musical have now been extended to 30 April 2017. For more information, visit: www.bookofmormonmusical.com.au for details.
Image: Ryan Bondy to feature as Elder Price in the Australian production of The Book of Mormon – photo by Joan Marcus