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'The Book of Mormon' to audition in Salt Lake City

Published April 16, 2013 1:50 pm

Utah theater • The smash Broadway musical hopes to find talent in LDS capital.
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"The Book of Mormon" isn't scheduled for a Utah stage anytime soon. But the show is looking for talented Utahns who might fill the ranks of its current Broadway, national tour and Chicago companies.

Auditions for the multiple Tony Award-winning musical will be held on April 19 at Salt Lake City's Utah Opera Production Studio. It is the second open-casting call held outside New York and after Chicago.

"We've heard about what a great talent pool there is out there. We're really excited to see what Utah talent has to offer," said Rebecca Scholl, the show's casting assistant. "We're also really excited to be in the heartland of the culture."

Scholl said the show doesn't currently have any opening slots for lead or ensemble cast, but is constantly on the look-out for new talent.

She said the Chicago company, with Nic Rouleau as Elder Price and Ben Platt as Elder Cunningham, features new talent the show found just last year. The Broadway company, by contrast, still has many of the opening night actors, School said.

The show by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (of Comedy Central's "South Park" fame), and also Robert Lopez, has been a smash-success ever since its March 2011 Broadway premiere at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. By turns poignant and profane, it chronicles the proselytizing adventures of Elders Price and Cunningham through Uganda.

The casting notice calls for male Caucasian Mormons who are "All-American, always optimistic," and Ugandans described as "great comedic actors who can move."

"The Book of Mormon" sold out all 23 shows at the 2,400-plus seat Denver Center, and has routinely sold out other markets during last year's first national tour.

Scholl said the casting call so far has received its most enthusiastic response from student actors at the University of Utah.

Robert Nelson, professor of theater at the University of Utah, said the April 19 casting call has generated buzz among students in the university's Actor Training Program.

"A number of them are looking forward to it. I believe that, to find talented young actors, singers and dancers who really know personally the world of that particular musical, 'This is the place.' I'm very pleased," Nelson said.

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"The Book of Mormon" open casting call

When • April 19, 10 a.m. with sign-up beginning 9 a.m.

Where • Utah Opera Production Studio, 336 N. 400 West, Salt Lake City.

Info • Call audition hotline at 212-719-9393 ext. 529