Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE BOOK OF MORMON
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's The Book of Mormon below!
THE BOOK OF MORMON is playing on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street), where it opened in 2011. The original cast included Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells and Nikki M. James. Two National Tours are playing throughout the US, and a production is also playing in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics byTrey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, "South Park." Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker,Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw,Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
Nic is thrilled to return to The Book of Mormon on Broadway, where he was the original standby for Elder Price and eventually took over the role full-time. He then went on to open the Chicago/2nd National Touring Production of The Book of Mormon, also as Elder Price. National tours: The Book of Mormon (Elder Price),Legally Blonde (Emmett), Toy Story: The Musical (Woody). New York: Floyd Collins(Homer), King David (Jonathan) at the Skirball Center. Regional: LES MISERABLES(Marius), ...Forum (Hero), Cabaret (Cliff). Education: Bachelor's of Music degree from NYU Steinhardt. For Lynn.
Ben is thrilled beyond words to be making his Broadway debut, after originating the role of Elder Cunningham to critical acclaim in the show's Chicago production (BroadwayWorld Chicago Award- Best Actor in a Touring Production). Platt made his onscreen debut last Fall as Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures' smash hit Pitch Perfect (dir. Jason Moore, Teen Choice Award Nomination "Movie Scene Stealer"). National Tours: Caroline, or Change (dir. George C. Wolfe, Tony Kushner). Regional Credits: The Black Suits (Barrington Stage Company), The Power of Duff (New York Stage and Film, Stephen Belber), Dead End ( dir. Nicholas Martin, Ahmanson Theatre), The Music Man, Mame, Camelot, and The Sound of Music (Hollywood Bowl, dir. Gordon Hunt). Workshops/Readings: Murder at the Gates (dir. Peter Dubois, Steven Sater), Alice By Heart (Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik), Irma La Douce (dir. Rob Ashford, starring Katie Holmes), Bridges of Madison County (dir. Bartlett Sher, Jason Robert Brown).
NIKKI RENÉE DANIELS
Broadway: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (Clara), Les Miserables (Fantine),Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, Nine, Lestat, Little Shop of Horrors, The Look of Love and Aida. TV/Film: "Chappelle's Show," "The Sound of Music Live!" and The Other Woman. Nikki has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras across the country, in Canada and at Carnegie Hall. Her debut solo CD, Home, was released in 2012. All my love to Jeff and Lena.
Broadway: Evita, Elf the Musical (original cast), Promises, Promises (original revival cast), Mary Poppins (o.c.), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (o.c.), Movin' Out, Fosse, andThe Producers (o.c.). Regional credits include: Maltz Jupiter Theatre - Bobby Child inCrazy For You (Carbonell Award Winner), Harold Hill in The Music Man, Cape Playhouse - Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate, North Carolina Theatre - Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly!. Much love to Mom, Dad, Kira, Nicolosi & Co., Casey and Frank.
BROADWAY: The Performers, Shrek The Musical (Drama Desk Nomination), Passing Strange (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Nomination, Theatre World Award, Audelco Award) Cymbeline, Well. OFF-BROADWAY: Love's Labour's Lost(Public Theater), By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage), Passing Strange(Public Theater), Fabulation (Playwrights Horizons), Pericles (Red Bull, Culture Project). REGIONAL: Intiman Theatre, SoHo Theatre in London, South Coast Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkshire Theater Festival, Barrington Stage, Sundance Theater Lab FILM: Limitless (with Bradley Cooper & Robert De Niro), He's Way More Famous Than You, Redhook Summer (dir. Spike Lee), Shrek the Musical,Passing Strange (Spike Lee). TELEVISION: Unforgettable, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. TRAINING: The Juilliard School
(Missionary Training Center Voice/Price's Dad/Joseph Smith/Mission President)
Broadway: Sondheim on Sondheim, Spamalot, Amour, Once Upon a Mattress,Swinging on a Star (Drama Desk nom). Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, A New Brain, Time and Again, Call Me Madam (Encores!). Tours: Sunset Boulevard, South Pacific, Mamma Mia! Regional: More than 30 leading roles including Giant(Signature), Passion (Helen Hayes Award), 1776 (Fords Theater, Helen Hayes nom.) Recordings: Infinite Joy: The Songs of William Finn, Encores from Encores!,Myths and Hymns, Great Musicals, Call Me Madam, Amour, Once Upon a Mattress, Swinging on a Star.
Derrick is thrilled to be joining the Broadway company of The Book of Mormonhaving come directly from the 1st National Tour. He was last seen in the Las Vegas Company of The Lion King playing the role of Mufasa. Broadway credits includevWicked (Fiyero), Aida, Swing. National Tours: Wicked, Aida, Smokey Joe's Café. TV credits: Heart of Dixie, Numbers, Ghost Whisperer, and Chapelle Show on Comedy Central. For my family.
STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY
Broadway debut! Stephen recently finished the 1st national tour of Catch Me If You Can, playing con man Frank Abagnale, Jr. Other favorites: Martin Charnin's Something Funny's Going On at 54 Below, Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), 25th...Spelling Bee (Chip). Love and thanks to family, MT12, Carrie and BRS/Gage.
JACOB ben WIDMAR
Broadway/Tour: Xanadu (u/s Whoopi Goldberg), Irving Berlin's White Christmas,Book of Mormon, Mary Poppins, No,No, Nanette (Encores!). Original productions:White Noise (La Petit), White Christmas (Pantages, LA) and Dancing in the Dark (Old Globe). Regional: Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Reprise!, Sacramento Music Circus and more. Proud Graduate of Brigham Young University.
Broadway debut! Regional: Gypsy, The Producers, Camelot, HSM, Miss Saigon(MTW) The Producers (KCStarlight) 42nd Street, Chitty...Bang! (Lyric of OKC)Disney's Wishes (DCL). BFA Wichita State University and a proud Kansan! Love and thanks to God, mom, dad, family, friends, Carrie Gardner, teachers and my mentors!
Standby for Elder Price
Broadway Debut. Ryan was the Elder Price Standby for the Jumamosi Tour. He has appeared in many productions all across Canada. Credits include: Yorkville the Musical (world premiere), Prairie Nurse, Innocence Lost, Hometown, (Blyth Festival);The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Neptune), Ring Round the Moon (Soulpepper), Les Feux Follet (Charlottetown Festival). Ryan sends love to his family and friends because without them, he wouldn't be here.
Swing/Resident Dance Captain
Broadway: Original companies: Gypsy, 42nd Street, Swan Lake and Big. Tours: Spamalot, 42nd Street. Other: World premieres of Robin and the 7 Hoods andWhistle Down The Wind, White Christmas, Christmas Spectacular. Film/TV: Pitch,One Life To Live, All My Children, Guiding Light, SNL, The Late Show with David Letterman, numerous commercials/voiceovers.
Ryan is thrilled to be joining the Mormon family. Recently seen in the original cast of Newsies on Broadway as Racetrack. Regional Credits: Muny (Showboat, Cats) Television: "Person of Interest" (NBC) All the love to family, friends, gringos, and snug. Harden Curtis we did it.
TERREN WOOTEN CLARKE
Terren is ecstatic to make his Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: The New Hopeville Comics Regional favorites: ...Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Show, Ain't Misbehavin', Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma. Infinite love and gratitude to Mom who never stopped believing in me. This is for you.
Broadway: Follies (Young Buddy), South Pacific (Professor). Tours: Seven Brides...(Gideon). Regional: Most recently Curly at Goodspeed in The Great American Mousical, directed by Julie Andrews. Other theatres: Kennedy Center, Paper Mill, Trinity Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville. FSU Graduate. Love to his family, his wife Margot and daughter Juliette.
BROADWAY DEBUT, HOOTY HOO. From Houston, Delius is a proud graduate of Penn State and HSPVA. Credits include A Chorus Line (North Shore), Smokey Joe's Café (Coastal Carolina), ArtPark, WVPT, The York and The Signature. Gratitude to Big Momma/Daddy, Grandmother, MTX, '06, Avalon Artists, Carrie Gardner Casting, family and friends.
Camille is elated to be part of The Book of Mormon. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, she is a proud graduate of Sheridan's College's Musical Theatre program. Theatre highlights include RENT, High School Musical and Hairspray. A big mahaneibu to Talent House, the creative team, crew and fabulous cast. Love to my fam and Mom.
Broadway debut. Regional favorites include: Titanic, The Fantasticks, 42nd Street,Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Film/TV: The Preacher's Daughter (Lifetime Movie Network), Paradise, Texas. Proud Northwestern University graduate. Many thanks to Carrie Gardner Casting, Bret Adams, friends, and family.
Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (u/s Maggie, Sookey). New York: Encores Merrily We Roll Along. National Tours: The Lion King (Nala), Aida (Aida). Regional: Oliver!(Nancy), Ragtime (Sarah), Hairspray (Dynamite). Proud USC Alum. Love and thanks to CGF, my beautiful friends and family, and Tom Small.
Phyre Hawkins is excited to continue her journey with The Book of Mormon on Broadway! Broadway: Dionne in Hair - Summer of Love. Tours: The Color Purple(1st National Tour), Hair, The Book of Mormon (1st National Tour). Regionals:Avenue Q (Las Vegas), Black Nativity, Macbeth, and Trojan Women (The Classical Theatre of Harlem).
Jeff is ecstatic to be joining The Book of Mormon family. Regional: A Chorus Line(Mark), 42nd Street. Many thanks to Casting, Mom, Chad, Bonnie, Karl, Emily, BXJ, Tatiana, Tory, the Dame and RSO. Pace University BFA Musical Theatre Class of 2015. For Jack.
Broadway Debut! 1st Nat. Tour: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Diva) BFA University of Michigan, GO BLUE!!!! Giving honor and thanks to God for this and all blessings. Love and many thanks to Joel, Michael, & Christopher, Kate Boka & Carrie Gardner, Mommy & Daddio, Ralphie, & Taur! Proud AEA
Standby Elder Price
Broadway debut! Miles recently played Bob Gaudio in the 1st National Tour of Jersey Boys. New York: These Seven Sicknesses (Flea Theater), Woyzeck (Aporia). Regional: Streetcar (Barrington); Zombies Actually (New Orleans Fringe); RENT,Floyd Collins, Arcadia (Yale Dramat). Special thanks: Carrie Gardner, Brian Usifer, Vicki Shaghoian, Craig Holzberg/Avalon, Mom, Dad, Grant, and RJ.
Broadway debut. A proud CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) and Equity actor. Regional:25th...Spelling Bee (Barrymore Nomination), Ragtime (NYIT nom.), The Full Monty,Camelot. Tyson is also a freelance Trilingual Sign Language interpreter. Master's degree Harvard University. Thanks to Shontz, voice guru Jack Waddell, Perkee & Shonda. ¡Bendiciones!
Matthew is jubilant to be joining this stellar cast. Broadway debut (sort of). He was last "seen" in West Side Story at the Palace Theatre (kinda). National tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka). Thanks to both Matts, Stephanie, Cloi, Terry, Robert, family and friends. This book is changing my life.
Broadway: HAIR - Original Revival Cast/Original London Revival Cast/National Tour (Hud) South Pacific - Original Revival Cast (ensemble), 110 in the Shade - Original Revival Cast (Jimmy u/s). Off-Broadway: Zanna, Don't! - Original Cast (Buck); Junie B. Jones - Original Cast (Sheldon). National tours: Fame - The Musical (Goody).
JOHN ERIC PARKER
Broadway: Memphis, All Shook Up, Rent. New York: The Wiz (City Center), The Body Beautiful, Jerry Springer (Carnegie Hall). Regional: The Overwhelming,Intimate Apparel, Once on this Island, Chess. A proud member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices, has sung/recorded with Jason Mraz, Elton John, Liza Minnelli and Barbara Cook.
Christopher is ecstatic and humbled to ring doorbells on Broadway. National tours:West Side Story (Baby John, Tony cover), White Christmas. Favorites: Rent (Mark),Hairspray (Link), A Chorus Line (4x). TV: Good Afternoon America w/Liza Minnelli. BFA University of Oklahoma. Thanks: Casting, BLOC, teachers, his OK/NY families.
Standby Elder Cunningham/Elder McKinley
Broadway: Lend Me a Tenor (dir. Stanley Tucci), Finian's Rainbow, Grease, All Shook Up.1st nat'l tour: All Shook Up (Dean). Regional: H2$ (Finch), Goodspeed;Oklahoma! and Hello, Dolly!, Paper Mill; and Marriott Lincolnshire (Jeff nomination). CCM alum. Much love to BRS, Mom, Dad, Jeff and my Jenny. For MG.
Broadway: Cinderella. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks! (Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship Award). Regional: Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), GIANT (Signature, World Premiere), Saved (Kansas City Rep), Avenue X (Alliance). Nick was the winner of the reality series The Amazing Race 13 on CBS. Love to my beautiful wife, Monica.
MAIA NKENGE WILSON
Broadway: Shrek, 9 to 5, The Color Purple, and Rent. Regional favorites: Smokey Joe's, Ain't Misbehavin', Menopause The Musical. Film: FROZEN (Bulda). Singer/Songwriter: MaiaSouluvlai. Love to my Daisy & Revelation! Namaste!
Broadway/Tour: Hair, Hairspray, Lestat, Never Gonna Dance, The Music Man, Tom Sawyer, Ragtime and Mamma Mia!. Other theater: Primary Stages (In Transit, Drama Desk Award), Goodspeed, Public Theater, Trinity Rep, Alliance, MUNY, Papermill. Film/TV: Boardwalk Empire, Law and Order, Frozen. Carnegie Mellon University Graduate. Thanks FAM, BRS/Gage, and AEA.
CANDICE MARIE WOODS
This Texas native has been seen in Broadway's Nice Work If You Can Get It, Catch Me If You Can, and Hairspray (Dynamite-u/s Inez). National Tours: Legally Blonde(Pilar) and Dirty Dancing (female soloist/ensemble). She sends thanks to her fantastic family and friends for their love and support.