The Book of Mormon Cast Album Released Digitally May 17; Cast Celebrates With CD Signing

News   The Book of Mormon Cast Album Released Digitally May 17; Cast Celebrates With CD Signing
 
The original Broadway cast album for The Book of Mormon, the 14-time Tony Award-nominated musical penned by "South Park" writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez, is released digitally May 17.

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To celebrate the iTunes release, the cast of The Book of Mormon are scheduled to sign copies of the original cast album from 2-3 PM on May 17 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The hard copy of the album, which will not arrive in stores until June 7, is available to purchase at the theatre.

A hard copy of the 16-track album is currently available for pre-order on the Ghostlight Records website and can be downloaded digitally at iTunes.

The Book of Mormon has book, music and lyrics by Parker, Stone and Lopez, all of whom earned Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Book. Parker co-directs with Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot), who also choreographs. The musical opened to critical raves March 24.

Josh Gad ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") and Andrew Rannells (Jersey Boys) star as an unlikely pair of Mormon missionaries who venture from Salt Lake City to AIDS-ravaged Uganda in the hopes of converting villagers with the story of Joseph Smith and the founding of the Mormon Church. The problem is: Only one of them has actually read the book.

The track list for The Book of Mormon follows: "Hello!"
"Two By Two"
"You and Me (But Mostly Me)"
"Hasa Diga Eebowai"
"Turn It Off"
"I Am Here for You"
"All-American Prophet"
"Sal Tlay Ka Siti"
"Man Up"
"Making Things Up Again"
"Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"
"I Believe"
"Baptize Me"
"I Am Africa"
"Joseph Smith America Moses"
"Tomorrow Is a Latter Day"

The cast also features Rory O'Malley (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Elder McKinley, Nikki M. James (All Shook Up) as Nabalungi and Michael Potts (Grey Gardens) as Mafala Hatimbi, as well as Lewis Cleale, Scott Barnhardt, Justin Bohon, Darlesia Cearcy, Kevin Duda, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Brian Tyree Henry, Clark Johnsen, John Eric Parker, Jason Michael Snow, Benjamin Schrader, Michael James Scott, Brian Sears, Lawrence Stallings, Rema Webb, Maia Nkenge Wilson, Tommar Wilson, Graham Bowen, Ta’Rea Campbell, Jared Gertner, Tyson Jennette and Nick Spangler.

Parker and Stone have earned four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for "South Park," which is now in its 15th season. Their films include "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" (Academy Award nomination for Best Song) and "Team America: World Police."

Lopez co-created Avenue Q, earning 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Cast Album. He has also penned Finding Nemo: The Musical with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

The Book of Mormon earned 14 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Choreography.

For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Eugene O'Neill Theatre is located at 230 West 49th Street.

Michael Potts, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Rema Webb, Lawrence Stallings, Maia Nkenge Wilson, Darlesia Cearsy and Josh Gad
Michael Potts, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Rema Webb, Lawrence Stallings, Maia Nkenge Wilson, Darlesia Cearsy and Josh Gad Joan Marcus
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