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MyLife
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Posted: 6/14/11 at 07:23pm
After seeing the show a couple times and listening to the recording maybe a couple million I've realized how incredible the Elder ensemble is. They each have their moments to shine in Hello, Two By Two, Turn it Off, and I Am Africa but they also blend in together so perfectly that I have a hard time telling them apart.

For those who have seen the show many times or just know, who is who? Looking at the lyrics may help. I'll fill them in as people write who is who.

Elders (In order of appearance):

Elder Grant - Brian Sears
Elder Green - Rory O'Malley
Elder Young - Kevin Duda
Elder Harris - Clark Johnsen (?)
Elder Cross - Jason Michael Snow
Elder Smith - Justin Bohon
Elder Brown - Scott Barhardt (?)
Elder White - Benjamin Schrader

In Two By Two (and Africa in general):
Elder McKinley - Rory O'Malley
Elder Church - Clark Johnsen (?)
Elder Michaels - Jason Michael Snow (?)
Elder Thomas - Scott Barnhardt
Elder Neeley - Kevin Duda
Elder Davis - Brian Sears
Elder Schrader - Ben Schrader
Elder Zelder - Justin Bohon

Thanks TaylorPHENOMENON2!
Updated On: 6/15/11 at 07:23 PM
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shrekster224
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Posted: 6/14/11 at 07:50pm
Elder White- Benjamin Schrader


And I'm not sure if this is correct, but isn't Scott B Elder Grant? You might be right, idk.
MyLife
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Posted: 6/14/11 at 10:16pm
He might be both - I'm guessing each actor is one elder in each scene
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taylorPHENOMENON2
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 12:19am
Done.

Elder Grant - Brian Sears
Elder Green - Rory O'Malley
Elder Young - Kevin Duda
Elder Harris - Clark Johnsen
Elder Cross - Jason Michael Snow
Elder Smith - Justin Bohon
Elder Brown - Scott Barhardt
Elder White - Benjamin Schrader

In Two By Two (and Africa in general):
Elder McKinley - Rory O'Malley
Elder Church - Clark Johnsen
Elder Michaels - Jason Michael Snow
Elder Thomas - Scott Barnhardt
Elder Neeley - Kevin Duda
Elder Davis - Brian Sears
Elder Schrader - Ben Schrader
Elder Zelder - Justin Bohon

Updated On: 6/15/11 at 12:19 AM
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willep
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 12:22am
I love that they named two of the Elders after the two Elders in Orgazmo.
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taylorPHENOMENON2
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 12:30am
I love that someone else noticed that. :)
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LizzieCurry
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 01:16am
I've been a Kevin Duda fan for a long time and I love watching his expressions... well, him and all the other Elders as well. :)

Does anyone know who plays Jesus and who plays Brigham Young? Been wondering, and I'm assuming they don't list these characters in the playbill to preserve the element of surprise.
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wonderfulwizard11
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 01:33am
I don't know about Jesus, but I believe Lewis Cleale plays Brigham Young. He's fantastic on the recording.
I am a firm believer in serendipity- all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.
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JP2
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 01:41am
Lewis Cleale plays Jesus/Joseph Smith/Mission President.

And he's also amazing.
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LizzieCurry
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 01:46am
Lewis Cleale can't play Brigham Young if he shows up as Joseph Smith gets shot, though! :) (Wait, he does, right?)
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wonderfulwizard11
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 02:47am
^You're right- for some reason I confused Brigham Young with Joseph Smith, haha.
I am a firm believer in serendipity- all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.
MyLife
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 06:20pm
Thanks Taylor! It'll be nice to put a face with the voice on the recording.

By the way, has anyone else noticed in some scenes how there is an odd number of Elders?

**VERY MINOR BUT NOT REALLY SPOILER**

Someone else is violating rule 72.
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Smaxie
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 06:43pm
Clark Johnsen plays Brigham Young. Coincidentally, he's an ex-Mormon who went to Brigham Young University.
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
unno
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 08:47pm
At least a few of these are wrong.

Clark Johnson is Elder Michaels, not Elder Church. http://mediasearch.wnyc.org/m/40896174/a-mormon-cast-member-from-the-the-book-of-mormon-tells-all.htm

Scott Barnhardt is Elder Harris, not Elder Brown.
http://www.bretadamsltd.net/content/client/male-actors/scott-barnhardt/
MyLife
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Posted: 6/15/11 at 11:51pm
But doesn't Clark Johnsen sing the verse about the abusive father in Turn It Off? The lyrics say that part is sung by Elder Church.

Also, doesn't Jason Michael Snow sing the high-pitched "Hello?" that would make him Elder Harris.
Updated On: 6/16/11 at 11:51 PM
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taylorPHENOMENON2
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Posted: 6/16/11 at 12:27am
Brian Sears sings the bit about the abusive father.
TrpleThreat89
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 10:15am
I think on the Sirius interview they said that Benjamin does the high "Hello." I know that Jason and Kevin are the two high tenors in the show.
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LizzieCurry
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 10:36am
Benjamin definitely does that long, "HELLOOOOOOO!"
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hairspraydude1962
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Posted: 8/11/12 at 08:12pm
BROADWAY --

Elder Grant/Elder Church - Brian Sears
Elder Green/Elder McKinley - Rory O'Malley
Elder Young/Elder Neeley - Kevin Duda
Elder Harris/Elder Thomas - Scott Barnhardt
Elder White/Elder Schrader - Benjamin Schrader
Elder Brown/Elder Michaels - Clark Johnsen
Elder Smith/Elder Zelder - Justin Bohon
Elder Cross/Elder Davis - Jason Michael Snow

FIRST NATIONAL TOUR --

Elder Grant/Elder Church - Michael Buchanan
Elder Green/Elder McKinley - Grey Henson
Elder Young/Elder Neeley - Bud Weber
Elder Harris/Elder Thomas - Kevin Michael Murphy
Elder White/Elder Widmar - Jacob ben Widmar
Elder Brown/Elder Michaels - JR Bruno
Elder Smith/Elder Zelder - Daniel LeClaire
Elder Cross/Elder Davis - Jeffrey David Sears

CHICAGO/SECOND NATIONAL TOUR --

Elder Grant/Elder Church - John Pinto, Jr.
Elder Green/Elder McKinley - Pierce Cassedy
Elder Young/Elder Neeley - J. Casey Barrett
Elder Harris/Elder Thomas - Eric Huffman
Elder White/Elder Gale - Bradley D. Gale
Elder Brown/Elder Michaels - Jake Emmerling
Elder Smith/Elder Zelder - Corey Hummerston
Elder Cross/Elder Davis - Hardy Weaver

WEST END --

Elder Grant/Elder Church - Daniel Clift
Elder Green/Elder McKinley - Stephen Ashfield
Elder Young/Elder Neeley - Ashley Day
Elder Harris/Elder Thomas - Mark Anderson
Elder White/Elder Schrader - Daniel Mackinlay
Elder Brown/Elder Michaels - Patrick George
Elder Smith/Elder Zelder - Liam Wrate
Elder Cross/Elder Davis - Michael Kent








Updated On: 9/5/13 at 08:12 PM
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shrekster224
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Posted: 8/11/12 at 10:06pm
Those look right, especially with understudy tracks. I can see Buchanan and Murphy covering Elder McKinley and Bud Weber covering price. The only one that might not match up is Jacob ben Widmar being the u/s for Cunningham as Ben Schrader is on Bway. Is Jon Bass the only cover or is another Elder a second cover?
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LizzieCurry
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Posted: 8/11/12 at 11:31pm
hairspraydude1962, I've been trying to figure this out too. The giant picture of them all together being paired up with their counterparts really helped. :)

Jon Bass is the standby Cunningham, so he'll be the first cover. He's basically the equivalent of Jared Gertner in the OBC.

There was a tweeted picture of JR Bruno where it was captioned something like, "Understudies hard at work," but I'm not sure if he'd cover Price or McKinley.

Oh, and via Jacob ben Widmar's Instagram, it appears that track will be named based on whoever is originating the role in that company -- he posted a picture of his name badge and it says "Elder Widmar." :) (But I agree, I don't see him covering Cunningham either.)
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hairspraydude1962
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Posted: 8/11/12 at 11:36pm
"Oh, and via Jacob ben Widmar's Instagram, it appears that track will be named based on whoever is originating the role in that company -- he posted a picture of his name badge and it says "Elder Widmar." :) (But I agree, I don't see him covering Cunningham either.)"

That's great!
Leadingplayer
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Posted: 8/12/12 at 03:29am
Why do they call them elders when they are so young?
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LizzieCurry
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Posted: 8/12/12 at 03:32am
You'd have to ask the Mormon church about that one.
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hairspraydude1962
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Posted: 8/20/12 at 04:35am
Michael Buchanan is the understudy for Elder Cunningham.
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Comden Green
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Posted: 8/20/12 at 11:19am
ok, interesting thread. i have seen bom twice with the same elder price - not original cast. one of my favorite shows ever. brilliant book.
here's my concern. i am wondering if Hello is lip synched. it is just too perfect, and it seems it is exactly like the recording. i know it would be very difficult for the actor to time his mouth perfectly to his own "hello" but still i wonder.
the first time i saw it "I believe" seemed too perfect. it is such a difficult song to sing. it seemed effortless - i know - that's their job but he is second cast for gosh sakes. the second time i saw him i did believe he was actually singing.
so i am wondering but -leaning on the side of them actually doing all the singing live. thoughts?

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