Rehearsals have begun for the London production of The Book of Mormon, which previews at the Prince of Wales Theatre from 25 February 2013.
From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical and the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album, follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s a long way from Salt Lake City.
The full cast, which is led by Gavin Creel as Elder Price and Jared Gertner as Elder Cunningham includes: Mark Anderson, Stephen Ashfield, Benjamin Brook, Daniel Buckley, Daniel Clift, Ashley Day, Terry Doe, Candace Furbert, Patrick George, Nadine Higgin, Tyrone Huntley, Evan James, Chris Jarman, Michael Kent, Alexia Khadime, Matt Krzan, Oliver Lidert, Daniel McKinley, Luke Newton, Terel Nugent, Haydn Oakley, Olivia Phillip, Lucy St. Louis, Yemie Sonuga, Giles Terera, Kayi Ushe, Sharon Wattis, Tosh Wanogho- Maud and Liam Wrate.
Book, Music and Lyrics are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, 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. Casting will be announced shortly.
Matt Stone (book, music, lyrics) and Trey Parker (co-director, book, music, lyrics) met at the University of Colorado, where as students they created the indie film Cannibal! The Musical. Soon after graduation, the pair made an early animation called The Spirit of Christmas. The short featured Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny – four foul-mouthed 4th graders from Colorado – and soon gained the interest of Comedy Central. South Park debuted in 1997 to unprecedented ratings and has since won numerous awards, including four Emmys and the coveted Peabody Award. The same year South Park premiered, they also released their first theatrical feature Orgazmo – which Parker wrote/directed and Stone wrote/produced (a creative balance that continues to this day).
Two years later, they took South Park to the big screen with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, which earned Parker an Oscar nomination for Best Song and the duo the first NY Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film. In 2004, they returned to cinema with their notorious cult classic Team America: World Police, an action comedy starring a cast of marionettes.
Stone and Parker spent the next seven years working on their most ambitious project to date – the smash hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. Debuting in March 2011, it has since been awarded nine Tony Awards® (including Best Musical and Best Original Score), as well as a Grammy for the Original Cast Recording. With record-breaking box office and shows sold out for months in advance, The Book of Mormon expanded its run in August 2012 with its first national tour. The Book of Mormon will launch a second national tour in December and the West End production in February 2013.
Stone and Parker continue to write, direct and produce new episodes of South Park, which is currently in its 16th season. Comedy Central has already renewed the series through 2016.
Robert Lopez (book, music, lyrics) is a Tony, Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer and lyricist for stage and screen. As well as The Book of Mormon, Lopez co-created the award-winning musical Avenue Q. With Kristen Anderson-Lopez he co-wrote songs for Finding Nemo: The Musical, which has played at Walt Disney World since 2006, as well as the 2009 film of Winnie the Pooh. They are currently writing the songs for the upcoming Disney animated feature Frozen and a forthcoming original stage musical called Up Here. His work has been seen on South Park, The Simpsons and Phineas and Ferb. For his
involvement in The Book of Mormon, Lopez won the Tony Award® for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.
Tony Award®-winning theatre director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (co-director and choreographer) has previously directed The Drowsy Chaperone and choreographed Spamalot, both of which were seen in the West End as well as on Broadway. His other New York credits include Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Bye Bye Birdie and Can-Can for City Center Encores!, Candide and South Pacific for the New York Philharmonic and Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way at Radio City Music Hall. For his involvement in The Book of Mormon, Nicholaw won a Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Musical.
Gavin Creel has previously appeared in the West End as Claude in Hair at the Gielgud Theatre and as Bert in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre. Creel received Tony Award® nominations for his roles in the Broadway productions of Hair and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Jared Gertner will make his West End debut in The Book of Mormon. He was a member of the original Tony Award®-winning Broadway company and has previously been seen on stage in Spelling Bee at the Circle in the Square Theatre and in Ordinary Days at the Roundabout Theatre. Gertner has also been seen on TV in Ugly Betty and The Good Wife.
Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner are appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between American Equity and UK Equity.
Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
25 February – 28 July 2013 (current booking period)
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm (except 21 March, 7pm)
Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (first Wednesday matinee on 6 March 2013)
25 February – 30 March 2013: £27.50 – £57.50
From 1 April 2013: £37.50 – £67.50
All ticket prices include a £1 theatre restoration levy
At each performance lottery tickets will be available at £20 each.
Entries to the lottery will be accepted in person at the Box Office two and a half hours prior to each performance. Names will be drawn at random two hours before each performance. Check website for further details. Lottery tickets are subject to availability.
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The Book of Mormon – West End
Image: Gavin Creel (Elder Price, centre), Jared Gertner (Elder Cunningham, right) and the cast of The Book of Mormon. Photo by Joan Marcus