The Book of Mormon has audiences holding the door for their friends and family to take this opportunity
to their faith in musical theatre to be born again. This phenomenal testament to musical theater is the winner of multiple
Tony Awards, including Best Musical. At the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011, The Book of Mormon premiered. It now
has two national tours groups with more than their foot in the door to capturing hearts and minds of its audience. Now is
the time for Fort Lauderdale audiences to catch the critically acclaimed religious satire during its city-to-city tour, lampooning
aspects of both musical theater and religion. The Broward Center invites audiences to see The Book of Mormon. The show runs
from November 26 to December 22. The schedule includes both matinee and evening showings: First Week: Tuesday at 8:00PM, Wednesday
at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM; Second &
Third Week: Tuesday-Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM; Fourth Week: Tuesday-Friday
at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:oo PM and 8:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
Elder Price and Elder
Cunningham donned the proverbial white shirts and black ties and equipped with the Book of Mormon, the two proselytizers head
out on a mission to save Uganda. The two Elders, representing a cultural extreme of western religion, face an unexpected contrasting
cultural counterpart in the war-torn and poverty-stricken East African country. As expected, the two witty geniuses behind
the popular and Emmy Award-winning, South Park, have carefully crafted this subversively brilliant story. After watching The
Book of Mormon, audiences will realize that it is possible to laugh at themselves and their beliefs. The musical mocks myriad
human conventions (and in many ways the human condition) and will no doubt offend its audience, but, in the end, skillfully
leads all to a redemption of faith and laughter.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South
Park and The Book of Mormon, met at the University of Colorado. The first time the twosome partnered was to make the animated
short entitled, "The Spirit of Christmas." Moving forward from that collaboration, the pair has gone on to win receive multiple
awards and accolades for their creative genius.
The first national tour is full of debuts. The main
Elders are entertaining audiences with Mark Evans as Elder Price and Christopher John O'Neill as Elder Cunningham. Evans is
credited for his West End performances of Wicked and Ghost the Musical and the UK national tours Rocky Horror Show and Oklahoma.
Accompanying Evans on stage is O'Neill, who is excited to make his professional debut on tour. Samantha Marie Ware, who plays
the Ugandan convert Nabulungi, recently debuted in the Las Vegas performance of Disney's the Lion King and is now on her way
on the present tour. Another debut performance is Grey Henson as Elder McKinley. Henson portrays the secretly gay Mormon elder
and the Church's leader in Uganda. Performing as the tribe leader and tour guide, Mafala Hatimbi, Stanley Wayne Mathis shares
his On- and Off- Broadway experience with the cast. Mathis previous performances include: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Wonderful
Town, Kiss Me Kate, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Lion King, Jelly's Last Jam, Oh Kay!, ResurGents (OB) and Real Black
Men Don't (OB). The cast welcome, Ron Bohmer, who demonstrates his versatility as the Missionary Training Center Voice, Price's
Dad, Joseph Smith and Mission President. Bohmer's Broadway and tour credits include: Ragtime, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Woman
in White, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and Aspects of Love. Lastly, Derrick Williams portrays the General, depicted
as a brutal despot of the Ugandan village. Williams and Ware previously shared the Lion King stage before performing together
in the present production. Williams is credited for Broadway and national tours of Wicked, Aida, Swing and Smokey Joe's Café.
to Carrie Gardner, the production's national touring casts have received accolades.
team who created the book, music and lyrics of The Book of Mormon is comprised of Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez.
Parker and Stone are renowned for the award-winning animated series South Park, as well as their collaborations on Cannibal!
The Musical, Orgazmo, Team America: World Police, and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Joining Parker and Stone is Lopez,
the award-winning co-creator of the successful musical Avenue Q. The musical genius of Lopez was acknowledged when he won
awards for his music for The Wonder Pets and a musical episode of Scrubs. Trey Parker and Choreographer Casey Nicholaw co-directed
The Book of Mormon. The creative team includes: Stephen Oremus (Music Direction and Vocal Arrangements), Scott Pask (Scenic
Design), Ann Roth (Costume Design), Brian MacDevitt (Lighting), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design),
Larry Hochman and Mr. Oremus (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Dance Arrangements) and Michael Keller (Music Coordinator). The
producers who made this production possible are Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian,
Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Kevin Morris, Jon B. Platt, Sonia Friedman Productions and Stuart Thompson (Executive
Producer). The Book of Mormon is an immaculate production that will restore one's faith and crack more than a smile.