‘Book of Mormon’ announces casting for Chicago
BY HEDY WEISS Theater Criticemail@example.com November 8, 2012 12:04PM
Updated: November 29, 2012 1:46PM
Casting has been announced for “The Book of Mormon,” the Tony Award-winning musical (and very hot ticket) that will launch its second national tour next month at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe.
Nic Rouleau, currently appearing in the Broadway company (and a veteran of many national tours), will reprise his role as Elder Price, the young Mormon missionary who had hoped to be posted in Orlando, Fla., but is assigned to Uganda.
Ben Platt will play Elder Cunningham, who idolizes Price, and is a big fan of “Star Wars,” too. Platt made his screen debut this fall in Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect,” and has both national tour and regional theater credits.
The big news is that Chicago actor James Vincent Meredith, a Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member who has appeared as Alderman Ross on the Starz tv series, “Boss,” has been cast in the role of Mafala Hatimbi, the member of the Ugandan tribe who serves as tour guide for Cunningham and Price, and is the father of Nabulungi, the beautiful young woman who ends up dreaming of going to Salt Lake City. (The role of Nabulungi will be played here by Stephanie Umoh, who played Sarah in the 2009 Broadway revival of the musical “Ragtime.”)
“The Book of Mormon,” which features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (of “South Park” fame) and Robert Lopez (of “Avenue Q” renown), is directed by Casey Nicholaw. It will run through June 2, 2013.
For tickets call (800) 775-2000 or visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com. NOTE: Performances are sold out Dec. 11, 2012-March 3, 2013 but are still available for performances March 5-June 2, 2013.