Pantages 2014 Engagement of The Book of Mormon Extends
By Michael Gioia
The second national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, which currently stars Nic Rouleau, Ben Platt and Syesha Mercado, has extended its Los Angeles engagement at the Pantages Theatre, representatives for the tour confirmed to Playbill.com. Performances begin Jan. 21, 2014.
The L.A. stop on the tour, which was originally scheduled though Feb. 9, 2014, has been given an additional five weeks and will now play through March 16, 2014. The current tour cast includes Rouleau and Platt as Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, respectively, with Mercado as Nabulungi.
The Tony-winning musical was first seen at the Pantages in 2012 for a 12-week run as part of the first national tour that kicked off last year in Denver.
"South Park" creators-writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Tony-winning Avenue Q songwriter Robert Lopez collaborated on the script and score to the musical, 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 and repeat their duties for the tour.
The Book of Mormon has set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Oremus.
The Book of Mormon also picked up Tony Awards for Best Direction (Parker and co-director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw), Best Performance by a Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt).
For more information, visit BookOfMormonBroadway.com.
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