Sun: Book of Mormon has been on Broadway and touring for the past three years, I guess it’s going on four years soon. How does it feel to be part of something that is still going just as strong? It’s still incredibly hard to get tickets to.
D.B.: It is, the dream really, to be a part of something that has garnered so much momentum. It’s a good feeling as an actor to be part of something that’s so successful and reliable as a job and then also … it’s such a great thing to have as a part of our resumes, because the show is just so successful and widely accepted. This is the job to get.Sun: Why do you think it’s been so widely accepted by people around the country?
D.B.: I think it just kind of forces you to laugh. You know, there are parts that are just so offensive, but you can’t help but see the heart in it. It really is kind of so daring and unlike anything. And when I went to it, it was unlike anything I had ever heard before, unlike anything that anyone had dared to think of on Broadway. So I think that’s really refreshing to people, and the lyrics are so clever and the story is so clever and wonderful that I think it makes people love it.
Syracuse.com: How hard is it to smile the entire show?
David Larsen: Well, I have many more smile lines now than I did when I started. Definitely, in the beginning my face would get a little crampy.
Denee Benton (A’14), who stars as Nabulungi in the national tour, noted that her castmates could tell how much the Pittsburgh house loved her during these performances.
Benton and her co-star, David Larsen (A’02), gave a post-performance talkback for Carnegie Mellon alumni moderated by Professor and Head of the School of Drama Peter Cooke on Sept. 29.
During the conversation Cooke asked Larsen what he thought distinguished the School of Drama from other conservatory training programs. Larsen replied that it was the strong foundation in acting theory that set School of Drama alumni apart in the musical theater world.
“To tell the story of the song is more important than hitting the notes,” Larsen said. “I mean, you’ve gotta hit the notes but I would rather see a story told.”
Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel and his co-stars from the national tour of the Tony Award-winning hit The Book of Mormon will be part of a talkback with students of the Second City Theatre Oct. 22 in Toronto.
The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) is proud to announce final casting for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Michael Cassara Casting serves as the resident casting office for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, taking place on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and Friday, October 24, 2014 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Online Festival registration ends Friday, October 17.
Lewis Cleale, as well as alumni Nikki M. James, Mykal Kilgore and Jared Joseph, will be a part of this.
Belated congratulations to Price standby Miles Jacoby, who made his Broadway debut on Saturday afternoon, and went on again on Sunday!
Click through to read more about Don’t Stop Believin’, a joint benefit by the touring productions of The Book of Mormon and Wicked currently performing in Toronto.
The benefit will be held on Monday, October 27 at the Panasonic Theatre, and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Actors’ Fund of Canada.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! A full-sized jazz orchestra composed of seventeen musicians all play bandleader Charlie Rosen’s re-imagined arrangements of an eclectic mix of tunes from Broadway’s past, present and beyond!
Daniel Breaker and Matt Doyle are among the performers.