Sidelined Josh Gad Misses Weekend Performances of Book of Mormon

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Josh Gad, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon, has been out of the smash Broadway show since Oct. 27, when he reportedly sustained an injury and was replaced by an understudy.

Josh Gad
Josh Gad

Gad was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for playing one of two Mormon missionaries who travel to (and bumble their way through) Uganda to spread the word of God. The New York Times reported on Oct. 31 that Gad was injured during the Thursday evening performance. At the end of the show, his co-star, Andrew Rannells, told the crowd that Gad had been injured, the Times reported, citing an audience member and postings on theatre blogs.

Jared Gertner (Broadway's Spelling Bee and Off-Broadway's Ordinary Days) is Gad's standby and filled in for the rest of the Thursday performance and Oct. 28-30. A spokesman for The Book of Mormon had no further comment on Oct. 31.

NBC recently picked up a TV pilot for a comedy series that Gad is developing. Gad, who plays the loud-mouthed Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, appeared in Broadway's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and was a correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." His TV credits also include the series "Back to You" and appearances on "Bored to Death," "Californication," "Numbers" and "Party Down." He was the subject of's Leading Men column in June. 

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