It is no surprise that The Book of Mormon has audiences across North America and abroad testifying to
their friends and family that musical theatre has been born again. This is certainly a testament to the musical's multiple
Tony Awards, including winning Best Musical. The Book of Mormon premiered at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011.
There are now two national tours groups with more than a foot in the door to compelling the hearts of its audience. It is
now time for Hartford audiences to enjoy the critically acclaimed satire during its city-to-city North American tour. The
show lampoons aspects of both musical theater and religion. The William H. Mortensen Hall invites the community to see The
Book of Mormon. The show runs from until March 30, 2014, starting on March 18, 2014. The schedule includes both matinee and
The Book of Mormon is a story about Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, who were
the proverbial white shirts and black ties that are often associated with the Book of Mormon. The twosome embarks on a mission
to save Uganda. The two proselytizers, representing their own cultural extreme of a western religion, face the unexpected,
a differing cultural extreme in the East African country. The humor is delicately handled by the wit and genius of the creators
of the popular and Emmy Award-winning, South Park. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have carefully crafted this subversively humorous
and brilliant story. There is no doubt that after watching The Book of Mormon, audiences will realize how easy it is to laugh
at themselves and their beliefs. The musical convincingly mocks myriad human conventions (and, in many respects, the human
condition). It will no doubt playfully offend its audience, but that is precisely the point. In the end, the story is written
so it skillfully leads all to a redemption of faith through laughter.
The University of Colorado
is where Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon, met while attending school. While
attending the University, the twosome partnered for the first time while making the animated short entitled, "The Spirit of
Christmas." After that collaboration, the pair had become well known for their wit and have received multiple awards and accolades
for their creative genius.
The first national tour company is full of debuts and excitement.. The
leading Elders are Mark Evans as Elder Price and Christopher John O'Neill as Elder Cunningham. Evans credits include West
End performances of Wicked and Ghost the Musical and UK tours of Rocky Horror Show and Oklahoma. O'Neill on the other hand
is excited to make his debut on during this tour. Samantha Marie Ware, who plays Nabulungi, an Ugandan convert, not too long
ago debuted in the Las Vegas production of Disney's the Lion King. Grey Henson offers another debut this tour as Elder McKinley.
Henson plays the Mormon Church leader in Uganda. As Ugandan leader and tour guide, Mafala Hatimbi, is played by Stanley Wayne
Mathis. He shares On- and Off- Broadway experiences with the newly minted cast. His 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). Ron Bohmer joins the cast 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 is on stage as the General,
a seemingly brutal despot of the Ugandan village. Williams is credited for Broadway and national tours of Wicked, Aida, Swing
and Smokey Joe's Café.
Thanks to Carrie Gardner's casting expertise, the production's touring casts have received
accolades from its cross-country audiences.
The creative team who wrote the book, music and
lyrics of The Book of Mormon is comprised of Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez. In addition to South Park, Parker and
Stone are renowned for their award-winning collaborations on Cannibal! The Musical, Orgazmo, Team America: World Police, and
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. The award-winning co-creator of the successful musical Avenue Q, joins Stone and Lopez.
Lopez previously won awards for his music for The Wonder Pets and the musical episode of Scrubs. It is Trey Parker and Choreographer
Casey Nicholaw co-directed The Book of Mormon. The creative team also 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 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 do more than restore one's faith in musical theater, it will crack
smiles and spark laughter.