London Lookout: The Mormons Are Coming!
It’s not unusual to see shows from the West End being sent across the pond to Broadway for a premiere after a safe try out in England’s West End theatre district. It is far too often we see shows being sent the opposite way across the pond after a successful Broadway premiere. However, there are a few shows which make such a jump. Tonight, the latest all American musical hits the West End as Mormons invade England with The Book of Mormon beginning previews in the West End!
The Book of Mormon is a new original musical created by Trey Parker andMatt Stone, known best for being the creators of South Park, and Robert Lopez, one of the masterminds behind Avenue Q. The musical follows the story of two Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, as they are sent to Uganda on a mission to spread the word of the church. However, this is going to prove a lot harder then originally thought when you’re fighting poverty, famine, AIDS and the local warlord. After an epic meltdown, some serious imagination and belief in the heavenly father, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham prove themselves to the church after a serious mission filled with much success.
The Book of Mormon will premiere at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Previews begin tonight, February 25th, prior to an official opening which will take place on March 21st, 2013. A photo of the marquee going up is pictured to the right. The production is directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker. Nicholaw also provides choreography for the piece as well. The Book of Mormon premiered on Broadway in spring 2011 and was nominated for 14 Tony Awards. It went on to win 9 of those awards including Best Musical. The production has been playing to sold houses since its premiere and is currently selling tickets into 2014.
Leading the cast Gavin Creel as Elder and Jared Gertner as Elder Cunningham. Both of them are reprising the role they recently played in the Los Angeles company performance of The Book of Mormon. The rest of the cast 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 Liddert, Daniel McKinley, Luke Newton, Terel Nugent, Haydn Oakley, Olivia Phillip, Lucy St. Louis, Giles Terera, Kayi Ushe, Tosh Wanogho-Maud and Liam Wrate.
The original Broadway creative team has joined up to recreate its work for the West End premiere. The team includes a scenic design by Scott Pask, a costume design by Ann Roth, a lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and a sound design by Brian Ronan. The production features orchestrations by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus with music supervision and vocal arrangements by Oremus.
There is definitely a lot of anticipation in the West End for the premiere of this new American musical. There is always an excitement that follows the transfer of a Broadway show to England but especially this one with the status Book of Mormon is currently carrying with it. From the sold out performances on Broadway to the sold out U.S. tour, England has been waiting for their chance to experience the most amazing book! It will be interesting for sure to see how well this all American musical does across the pond.
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