By Adam Hetrick
29 Mar 2012
|Photo by Robert Mannis|
Creel was last seen on Broadway as Claude in the Tony-winning revival of Hair, a role he repeated in London. He has also appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage aux Folles, Mary Poppins and the world-premiere musical Prometheus Bound.
"I think Gavin is one of the finest musical theatre performers in New York and I can't wait to hear him sing these songs,” said Tony-winning Book of Mormon choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw in a statement. "Finding people who have the talent and range to play the role of Elder Price has been a real challenge," said Tony-winning co-author and co-director Trey Parker added. "We're stoked to be working with him."
The role of Elder Price was originated on Broadway by Andrew Rannells, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his work. He can currently be seen in the Broadway production at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
The Broadway musical about a pair of Mormon missionaries who get shipped off to Uganda launches its U.S. tour Aug. 14-Sept. 2 at the Ellie Caukins Opera House in Denver, CO. The premiere engagement sold-out within five hours. Also announced is a Sept. 5-Nov. 25 run at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre.
Previously announced tour stops also include the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines (Jan. 24-Feb. 3, 2013) and the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis (Feb. 5-17, 2013). Mirvish Productions will bring The Book of Mormon to Toronto in May-June 2013. It will also play a five-week San Francisco engagement.
A separate Chicago production will play Dec. 11, 2012-March 3, 2013, at the Bank of America Theatre. Group tickets are now on sale for the Chicago engagement.
Emmy-winning "South Park" creators-writers Matt Parker and Trey Stone and Tony-winning Avenue Q songwriter Robert Lopez collaborated on the script and score to The Book of Mormon, which earned Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical.
Co-directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon opened to critical acclaim March 24, 2011, at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Both earned Tony Awards for their work.