You better start believing now! The hippest missionaries from the Book of Mormon will be dropping by the KeyBank State Theatre from October 24th all the way through the 29th! The nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical is heading to Ohio to fearlessly deliver a satirical sendup about the quirkier aspects of the Mormon faith. Follow Elder Price, Elder Cunningham, and Elder McKinley as they seek to find common ground with the Ugandan villagers in this revolutionary production that tackles larger issues of oppression, poverty, AIDS, and famine. This fall, the largest Playhouse Square theater will host the musical on a mission to inspire a crowd of thousands! The KeyBank State Theatre on Euclid Avenue is sure to present this live show in the best way possible with its magnificent sound systems and grand staging effects. Start your motivational journey to rediscover faith and culture – purchase your tickets as early as now!
The Book of Mormon Tickets:
“The satirization of organized religion at the core of THE BOOK OF MORMON is hilarious and exceedingly clever.” – Broadway World
“It’s a show where you catch yourself laughing one minute, mouth agape the next, eventually wiping away tears, and, finally, cheering.” – New York Daily News
The South Park creators are nothing if not consistent with their trademark brand of outrageous humor! From October 24th to the 29th, their musical comedy, The Book of Mormon, is scheduled to appear at the KeyBank State Theater in Ohio.
When The Book of Mormon debuted over thirteen years ago, nobody expected the show to start breaking ticket sale records at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre for its entire run. Over the years, the musical gained fame for winning five Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and a whopping nine wins from the 65th Tony Awards. Now, it is regarded as one of the most successful musicals in history, amassing a staggering sum of over $700 million in revenue. With several US and international productions, it’s impossible to overlook the Laurence Olivier-winning West End run, and the Helpmann Award-winning Melbourne shows.
This literally groundbreaking narrative is the brainchild of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative Colorado pair renowned for their work on South Park and Team America: World Police. The plot tracks the journey of two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Kevin Price, a young man full of ambition, is eager to make a difference during his upcoming two-year mission. He dreams of serving in New Orleans but finds himself in a remote Ugandan village, paired with Elder Arnold Cunningham, a comically inept and compulsive liar, much to Price’s dismay.
Unfortunately, the villagers’ lack of interest and faith challenges the two young men as they are preoccupied with more important issues, including poverty, famine, HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation, child molestation, and the local warlord’s oppression. Watch these bumbling Mormon missionaries as they struggle to share the Good Word with skeptical locals who have long abandoned the idea of divine intervention. Guided by the charming Nabulungi, enjoy two hours and thirty minutes of uproarious misunderstandings, linguistic barriers, and culture clashes, all leading to a surprising laugh-fest!
“A giddy contempt for that innocence, in one of the most joyously acidic bundles Broadway has unwrapped in years.” – Washington Post
“The best musical of this century.” – The New York Times
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR CAST
It’s no wonder The Guardian praises this musical as a “far cleverer, far kinder, and far more nuanced” work that succeeds in sending an enraptured, ecstatic audience home bringing an odd sense of having come to really like Mormons. We know you’re curious to find out who will be performing during the Ohio shows – and we’ve got you covered! See the main cast for the North American tour here:
- Sam McLellan as Elder Price
- Sam Nackman as Elder Cunningham
- Keke Nesbitt as Nabulungi
- Sean Casey Flanagan as Elder McKinley
- Lamont J. Whitaker as Mafala Hatimbi
- Trevor Dorner as Price’s Dad/Missionary Voice/Joseph Smith/Mission President
- Dewight Braxton Jr. as General
The rest of the ensemble team includes Gideon Chickos, Jarius Miquel Cliett, Matthew Dant, Justin Forward, Craig Franke, Lars Hafell, Kisakye, Vance Klassen, Evan Lennon, Joey Myers, Trinity Posey, Thomas Ed Purvis, Michelle Ray, Kyle Segar, and Chelsea M. Smith. Completing the Swings are Bernie Baldassaro, DeVon Buchanan, Matt Cosco, Tianna Davis, Aaron Chancellor Gilmer, Eliah B. Johnson, Connor Olney, and Reynel Reynaldo.
McLellan, who plays the lead role, explains that those seeing the play should not be overly serious when digesting the messages conveyed but rather, aim to have a more relaxed experience. “There is a silver lining in everything. There’s also something to learn in every circumstance, good or bad,” McLellan shares with Broadway World.
Additionally, the creative team, with over a dozen Tony Awards shared among them, includes the following talents:
- Scott Pask – Set Design
- Ann Roth – Costume Design
- Brian MacDevitt – Lighting Design
- Brian Ronan – Sound Design
- Stephen Oremus & Larry Hochman – Orchestrations
- Stephen Oremus – Musical Direction and Vocal Arrangements
- Josh Marquette – Hair Design
- Carrie Gardner CSA – Casting
- Glen Kelly – Dance Arrangements
- Michael Keller – Music Coordination
- Liz Caplan Vocal Studios, LLC – Vocal Consultation
For those who are not aware, the 3200-seat auditorium is known as the largest Playhouse Square Theater in the area, making it the top choice for Broadway enthusiasts to see the revolutionary musical! Grab your tickets for The Book of Mormon at the KeyBank State Theatre today!