After beginning preview performances February 24, 2011, The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre March 24, where it continues its nine year run. The production garnered 14 Tony Award nominations, winning nine, including best musical.
With music, lyrics, and a book by Robert Lopez and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon tells the story of a pair of mismatched Mormon missionaries, one serious and dedicated and the other socially awkward yet well meaning, sent to Uganda to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. When they arrive in Africa, the missionaries find a community grappling with poverty, AIDS, and violence.
Look Back at the Original Cast of The Book of Mormon on Broadway
The musical starred Josh Gad as Elder Cunningham, Andrew Rannells as Elder Price, Nikki M. James as Nabulungi, Rory O’Malley as Elder McKinley/Moroni, Michael Potts as Mafala Hatimbi, Lewis Cleale as Price’s Dad/Mission President, Rema Webb as Mrs. Brown, and Brian Tyree Henry as General. Rounding out the ensemble were Scott Barnhardt, Justin Bohon, Darlesia Cearcy, Kevin Duda, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Clark Johnsen, John Eric Parker, Benjamin Schrader, Michael James Scott, Brian Sears, Jason Michael Snow, Lawrence Stallings, Maia Nkenge Wilson, and Tommar Wilson.
Co-directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw with choreography by Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon featured scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, and sound design by Brian Ronan.