The new leading lady in the national tour of Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon” is 2012 Arizona State University grad Alexandra Ncube.
Landing the role in one of the most popular and controversial musicals in recent history is a huge break for the 23-year-old Arizona native, who made her professional acting debut in the ensemble of Phoenix Theatre’s “Spring Awakening” just weeks after graduating from ASU with a degree in theater.
Ncube — pronounced NOO-bay — made her first appearance in “The Book of Mormon” Feb. 25 in Baltimore’s Hippodrome.
“I was a lot less scared than I thought because I really felt prepared and I felt like I was in very good hands with this amazing company,” she says. “But I didn’t really think this was a real plausible thing in my life, and all the sudden I’m stepping onstage for my first song. It was all a blur. So much adrenaline, so much excitement, so much stage fright. But it was a successful show — from what I remember.”
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Adele Dazeem — the John Travolta-anointed alter ego of Broadway star Idina Menzel — received a special tribute at a recent performance of “The Book of Mormon” at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
Actor Cody Jamison Strand, who plays Mormon missionary Elder Cunningham, used the name “Adele Dazeem” in place of a botched version of “Nabulungi” that is uttered throughout the musical, according to a spokesman for the Pantages.
Smash hit Book of Mormon (which, you may remember, crashed the Kennedy Center’s website last summer when tickets went on sale), is returning for two months in the summer of 2015.
Edward Seckerson - former presenter of BBC Radio 3’s long-running musical theatre show Stage and Screen continues to host a series of in-depth encounters with the stars of musical theatre at London’s Charing Cross Theatre.
Alexandra Ncube began performances tonight as the first national tour’s new Nabulungi! Welcome, Alexandra!
(Since she isn’t on the site yet, could someone who sees the show in Baltimore please send in her bio?)
No, but you do have to be 18 to be able to buy tickets if you win the twitter lottery for the Broadway production (other venues might be different).
Daniel Breaker, Derrick Williams, and Bre Jackson begin performances with the Broadway cast tonight. Welcome, Daniel, Derrick, and Bre!
— Chris O’Neill, to The Baltimore Sun
[…] And in case you missed it in 2013, The Book of Mormon will return to the Straz for an encore Jan. 20 through Feb. 1, 2015. The language and themes in the show by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone should balance any toothy sweetness from Cinderella and Annie. A little something for everyone.