The Book of Mormon - Chicago company

sbflyfan
Broadway Star
joined:4/12/07
Interesting that those sites are using promo images with Andrew Rannells' face on them. Given that he's on "The New Normal" and is a bit more recognizable now, don't they think that might cause slight confusion?

All the promo artwork I've seen so far just shows the Elder from the mouth or neck down. I like that much better.
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BigRed
Chorus Member
joined:7/3/08
I love how Chris Jones pretty much leads his review with Ben Platt and how he's a great addition to the production. However, he didn't really like Syesha which I found very surprising.

http://graphics.chicagotribune.com/mormon/review.html



Updated On: 12/20/12 at 11:38 AM
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Here's the direct link to Around Town Chicago's review. They use the Chicago cast photos (and just one with Rannells): http://www.aroundthetownchicago.com/theatre-reviews/the-book-of-mormon/

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Updated On: 12/20/12 at 11:55 AM
brian.klimowski
Understudy
joined:7/30/10
Hahaha, Albert Cunningham!
jon5202
Stand-by
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ACL2006
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
I wouldn't be suprised if they announced another extension, possibly through Labor Day.
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.
SpaceOpera
Swing
joined:8/19/12
A little birdie has me informed that the production could very well be 9 months (so basically what you've stated). All I know for absolute certain is that the cast is well aware that the June date is tentative, but they are unable to speak aloud about how long they'll actually be there (though that doesn't mean that those who know them are keeping the same secrets).
Fosse76
Broadway Legend
joined:3/21/05
the producers have been very careful not to officially refer to this as a sit-down or open-run production. Each three month e,tension is referred to as an extension ( Wicked and Jersey Boys were simply selling a "new" block of tickets). They don't want another Billy Elliot on their hands. That said, I heard that they expect to get about a year out if it.
Akitarent
Featured Actor
joined:10/3/04
What happened with Billy Elliot?
Fosse76
Broadway Legend
joined:3/21/05
It was a show they expected to get a year out of. Not only did it close early, it closed before the booking period end date...more like a Broadway closing than a tour closing.
jon5202
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The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 12/31/12 at 10:34pm
Book of Mormon Chicago company announces new extension.

Tickets now on sale through September 8, 2013 beginning January 1, 2013

SpaceOpera
Swing
joined:8/19/12
The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/1/13 at 05:41pm
Scooped 'em all by a week!
ACL2006
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/1/13 at 10:49pm
yep, as expected. I would imagine it'll sell very well throughout the summer, thus likely extending through the end of the year.
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.
grandpianoalex
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joined:2/15/10
The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/1/13 at 10:50pm
Saw the show in Chicago last Friday. Incredible cast. The score is sung MUCH better by this cast, in my opinion. I was blown away by those voices.
PiraguaGuy2
Broadway Legend
joined:10/10/08
The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/1/13 at 11:46pm
I concur. Ben Platt provides a completely new take on Cunningham, and dare I say tops even Gad in the role.
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ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/2/13 at 12:01am
Platt was in "Pitch Perfect" correct? I only ask because I find it good to know his screen "voice" (I say it with quotes because all know they are often times helped along) is as good as his stage voice.
LizzieCurry
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The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/2/13 at 12:54am
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ucjrdude902
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The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/2/13 at 12:40pm
Wow he's cute in that picture.
Paulmetzy2
Swing
joined:1/2/13
The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/2/13 at 03:40pm
Ben's attitude negates any cuteness he may have.....
BigRed
Chorus Member
joined:7/3/08
The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/2/13 at 07:58pm
He was very polite to people at the stage door after the first preview performance in Chicago.
Mister Matt
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joined:5/17/03
The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/18/13 at 02:18pm
Got tickets in the lottery last night. I'd say about 2/3 of the people who entered the lottery got tickets, so apparently, it's easier to get on weeknights. Saw the original cast on Broadway opening weekend and the Chicago production is every bit as good.

Platt's take on Elder Cunningham was wildly different than Gad, but quite good. Rather than an obnoxious buffoon, he comes off more as naive and "touched", making the character a bit more sympathetic. And his singing voice is fantastic. I was also extremely impressed with Syesha Mercado who definitely had the charisma and charm to match her pipes. Vocally, the entire cast is flawless. And while I admit the show loses some of its power of surprise in a second viewing, halfway through Two By Two, I was instantly reminded out how fun and joyful the show was when I originally saw it and why it was a slam-dunk for Best Musical.

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Updated On: 1/18/13 at 02:18 PM
South Fl Marc
Broadway Legend
joined:6/23/04
The Book of Mormon - Chicago company
Posted: 1/18/13 at 05:33pm
Personally I really enjoyed watching this cast perform and thought Platt's interpretation was far superior to Gad's I loved the chemistry between the two leads. They made me love this show even more than I did before.
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