Ben Platt, Nic Rouleau and Syesha Mercado Are New Stars of The Book of Mormon on Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
Ben Platt, Nic Rouleau and "American Idol" finalist Syesha Mercado are the new leading trio of Broadway's The Book of Mormon, beginning Jan. 7 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
Platt, Rouleau and Mercado opened the Chicago second national tour of The Book of Mormon in December 2012. Platt and Mercado, who play Elder Cunningham and Nabulungi, respectively, are making their Broadway debuts. Rouleau made his Broadway debut as Elder Price in 2012 and returns to the role alongside his original tour co-stars.
Platt and Rouleau replace Cody Jamison Strand and Matt Doyle, respectively. Mercado replaces Book of Mormon's Tony-winning original star Nikki M. James.
"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.
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).
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