Posts tagged the book of mormon. 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.”

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.

Jake Emmerling was recently a guest DJ on WYEP in Pittsburgh. Click here to listen!

A Saturday twitpic assortment via Ben Platt, Tyrone Robinson and David Larsen.

Dimitri Joseph Moïse, Jeff Heimbrock, Nyk Bielak, and Bre Jackson at Half-Hour 5 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Sept 21.

Photos by Michael Hull.

“My mom got a big group of tickets for the first night, and I’m doing the same thing for one of the Saturday nights,” said Jake Emmerling, a 2007 graduate of Derry Area High School. “Everyone is asking for tickets; I just keep getting [text] messages.”

As part of “Mormon’s” mostly male ensemble, Mr. Emmerling plays a variety of roles, including that of the gloriously maned Brigham Young. This is his first national tour, and he got it in 2012, not long after earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in music theater from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.