BWW Interviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns to Detroit and Alexandra Ncube Promises It Will Keep Audiences Laughing
The Book of Mormon returns to Detroit on July 1st and Alexandra Ncube is thrilled to be part of the National Tour in the role of Nabulungi. Being part of this show is incredibly exciting and also incredibly humbling," said Ncube, an Arizona native. "I went to school for theatre and I can't express how grateful I am to have been given this opportunity to be a part of this successful and exceptionally well-written piece of art."
The Book of Mormon features book, music, and lyrics by Trey 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.
"I had watched a few episodes of South Park, although I did not follow the show, but from what I saw, I was always entertained," said Ncube. "Being in this show was the first experience where I have been immersed in the South Park world. There are allusions to South Park in the show and everyone who comes to stage door that are fans of the cartoon seem to be very pleased."
"The show is a comical performance obviously and nobody is safe," she explained when asked about how the production can be considered offensive. "We touch on so many different subjects, so many different religions, and so many different cultures that it is not a show that just attacks the Mormon religion. It is one that talks about everything and celebrates everything at the same time in comedy. At every performance, the audience is laughing the whole time. It's very funny. It's very smart. It can be offensive, but if you go into it with an open mind, the story really comes forth and by the end of the show, people who may have been skeptical will definitely be on board and laughing with everyone else."
Ncube is excited to be coming to Detroit and wants South Park and theatre fans alike to come out and see The Book of Mormon during its two week stay at the Detroit Opera House. "If you love South Park, you are going to love this. If you are not a South Park fan, but love musicals, you are going to love this," she said. "Come in with open eyes and by the end of the show, we will take on this hilarious roller coaster and I have a feeling you will truly enjoy yourself."
The Book of Mormon arrives July 1st at the Detroit Opera House and runs through July 13th. For more information and tickets, visit www.broadwayindetroit.com.