[Alexandra] Ncube plays Nabulungi, who lives in Uganda and interacts with the two lead missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham.
The actress, who hails from Arizona, used a dialect disc to prepare for the role. The fact that her father is from Zimbabwe helped.
“I love her,” she said of Nabulungi.“She’s very genuine and very passionate about helping others.”
Ncube, 24, earned a theater degree from Arizona State University in 2012. She is making her first trip to Philadelphia.
Her previous experience includes Arizona-based productions of Spring Awakening and Rent.
Ncube began rehearsals for The Book of Mormon in February in Durham, N.C. She joined the cast that same month in Baltimore.
“This is my first Broadway experience,” she said last Friday in a phone interview from her hotel room in Ottawa, where the show wrapped up on Sunday before heading to Philadelphia. “I’m grateful every day to walk on that stage.”
When it appears in Fort Worth, the the blockbuster musical will have been in Dallas twice; the tour was at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2013 and will return there in February 2015.
PAFW’s entire 2015-’16 Broadway at the Bass season for won’t be announced for another year or so. Dates for the Fort Worth Book of Mormon engagement haven’t been announced, nor have any of the other titles in that season, but it is such a popular show that many touring presenters have used it to drum up business for an earlier season. (ATTPAC did that before the previous season had begun.)
The only way to have priority access to tickets ahead of the general public is to buy a season subscription to the 2014-15 season, which begins in November with Elf and includes Once, Pippin, Kinky Boots and Dirty Dancing.
Belated happy trails to Kyle Selig, who left the 2nd national tour yesterday. What’s next? You can catch him as the title role in the Pippin tour!
ED: Growing up, did you ever think you would be going on a Mormon Mission across the country?
DL: (Laughter) No. However, I had a number of Mormon friends growing up. There was even a seminary right at the entrance to my high school. There were definitely times growing up that I wished I was Mormon. Even if it was just to hang out with my friends more often. When I was younger, I didn’t fully understand what it was. I guess I had an idea by high school. It was a very attractive thing to see so many people that seemed to have such strong community.
When Grey Henson got cast to star in “Book of Mormon,” he was still a senior at Carnegie Mellon University. In what he described as “good timing,” the 2012 college graduate was told the news halfway through his senior year.
"I started rehearsals and have been touring ever since," Henson said.
"Book of Mormon" is the winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. And Henson, who stars as Elder McKinley in the show, said he was thrilled to be cast in such a wildly popular musical.
Jamaal Wilson is making his General BFN debut right now in Ottawa. Congratulations, Jamaal!