It’s been a long 19 months since Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria, announced that Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s blockbuster musical The Book Of Mormon was heading to Melbourne, and today we can finally reveal the cast for the Australian premiere production.
Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album and four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon has already broken the house record for the highest selling on sale period of any production in the Princess Theatre’s 159-year history.
The first Australian cast will be led by Canadian Ryan Bondy as Elder Price and American A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham, who have previously appeared in the same roles on Broadway, in the West End and across America. Australian actor Blake Bowden (South Pacific, Moonshadow) will be Elder Price Standby and Squabbalogic Artistic Director Jay James-Moody (Mid Summer Nights Dream) will be Elder Cunningham Standby. It is likely that this international casting will cause controversy within the industry and among its supporters, especially given the recent outrage about importing artists for leading roles in musicals such as Aladdin and Kinky Boots.
The leading cast are joined by Zahra Newman as Nabalungi (Miss Julie, The Mountaintop), Bert LaBonté as Mafala (Dream Lover, Winners and Losers) and Rowan Witt as Elder McKinley (Into the Woods, South Pacific).
Other cast members include 2015 Rob Guest Endowment Winner Daniel Assetta, Andrew Broadbent as Price’s Dad/ Joseph Smith/ Mission President, Augustin Aziz Tchantcho as General, Camille Eanga–Selenge, Donell James Foreman, Eddie Grey, Phyre Hawkins, Antwaun Holley, Matt Holly, Todd Jacobsson, Justin Lonesome, Mitchel Mahony, Loredo Malcolm, Joshua Mulheran, Morgan Palmer, Elenoa Rokobaro, Joshua Russell, Ryan Sheppard, CoCo Smith, Timothy Springs, Cessalee Stovall, Teddy Trice, Brinie Wallace and Jamaal Wilson.