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+ Please welcome Grey Henson to the Broadway cast — he starts tonight. Happy Broadway debut, Grey!

Please welcome Grey Henson to the Broadway cast — he starts tonight. Happy Broadway debut, Grey!

Graham: Tell me about the process of auditioning for The Book of Mormon. I think that is fascinating.

Delius: It was very, very difficult. When I auditioned, no one knew much about the show. They were so careful about the publicity; you never knew what they wanted. You audition over and over again. I went in at least ten times. I went in for the Broadway show and didn’t get it. Then I went in for the tour and didn’t get it. But later I was asked to join the Broadway company to take over for a guy who was joining the tour. They sing you 100 times and dance you 200 times. You wonder, what more do they want from me? I feel like with a lot of these shows, it’s all puzzle pieces. When people leave shows they are often looking for someone like them, or who looks good with height issues or who looks good with whom. There are so many things that are out of your control.

Graham: I think that many of our current and future musical theatre students would find it interesting that you auditioned ten times before you got this role. Some would have given up.

Delius: It’s discouraging because you are thinking, “What am I doing wrong?” I cried, I was angry, and now I can look from the inside out. It’s all about who you are like. Who are you replacing? This is a tall company. This is a short company. This company is young. This company is a little older. It’s just a matter of time.

+ Matt Loehr departed the Broadway cast today! Happy trails, Matt, and congrats on an amazing run!

Matt Loehr departed the Broadway cast today! Happy trails, Matt, and congrats on an amazing run!

Much of this show’s enduring freshness comes from its unabashed identity as an archetypal musical. It’s a celebration of the spirit that moves otherwise sane human beings to accept the absurdity of people setting their cares and woes to sprightly song. As for the chorus of the Mormon lads who begin the production ringing doorbells to spread the word, the most important quality for this show’s cast is an unqualified belief in the power of what it’s selling.

+ Denée Benton and Cody Jamison Strand stopped by WCCO today. Click here for the video!

Denée Benton and Cody Jamison Strand stopped by WCCO today. Click here for the video!

The Book of Mormon Latter Day tour was nominated by the Broadway company. We gladly accepted their challenge and gathered donations from the cast and crew. Then we nominated Wicked Munchkinland Tour, Caitlyn Thomson, Nick Lugo, and our Producer Anne Garefino.

Last night (August 19th, 2014), the first national tour of Book Mormon (Latter Day tour) welcomed a brand new Elder McKinley - Peter Mitchell! The new recruits are here!

Welcome, Peter!

Here’s the Jumamosi tour’s ice bucket challenge!