It’s the most hotly anticipated musical to open in Australia in years, and The Book of Mormon has finally revealed the cast for its Melbourne premiere season, which starts in January.
The cast will be led by Canadian actor Ryan Bondy as Elder Price, and American actor A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham. Both have played those two leading roles in the US, with Holmes having played Elder Cunningham on Broadway and the West End.
It had long been rumoured that the key roles would go to international performers, which is bound to be a controversial choice given the recent debate over imported musical theatre stars.
They’ll be joined by Australian performers Zahra Newman as Nabalungi, Bert LaBonté as Mafala and Rowan Witt as Elder McKinley. Local actors Blake Bowden and Jay James-Moody serve as standbys for the leading roles of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, and are rumoured to be taking over the roles at some point during the Australian run.
The cast also includes: Daniel Assetta, Andrew Broadbent (Price’s Dad/ Joseph Smith/ Mission President), Camille Eanga–Selenge, Donell James Foreman, Eddie Grey, Phyre Hawkins, Antwaun Holley, Matt Holly, Todd Jacobsson, Justin Lonesome, Mitchel Mahony, Loredo Malcolm, Joshua Mulheran, Morgan Palmer, Elenoa Rokobaro, Joshua Russell, Ryan Sheppard, CoCo Smith, Timothy Springs, Cessalee Stovall, Augustin Aziz Tchantcho (General), Teddy Trice, Brinie Wallace and Jamaal Wilson.
The Book of Mormon is written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, along with Robert Lopez. It opened on Broadway in 2011 to rave reviews and has smashed box office records with its wildly funny and irreverent take on the world, religion and race.
Ticket sales in Australia have been absolutely extraordinary — the Melbourne run has just extended through until April 2017, with new tickets on sale today.