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'Book of Mormon' announces Chicago cast, including James Vincent Meredith

NEW YORK — The Chicago cast of the satirical musical "The Book of Mormon" will feature Nic Rouleau, the current star of the Broadway company, in the central role of Elder Price, along with Ben Platt (known for his work in the movie “Pitch Perfect) as his sidekick Elder Cunningham, its producers announced here Thursday.

There is also a major role for James Vincent Meredith, a Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member, recently in "The March." Meredith will play Mafala Hatimbi, one of the complex characters that the Mormons encounter on their head-spinning mission to Uganda. The other Chicago-based actor in the show will be Jackson Evans as Elder McKinley. Evans is a recent graduate of Northwestern University and was in Chicago Shakespeare’s "Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew."

Others in the Chicago company (technically the second national tour) are Stephanie Umoh (as Nabulungi) and ensemble members Christopher Shyer, David Aron Damane, J. Casey Barrett, Tallia Brinson, Patrice Covington, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Jake Emmerling, Mike Evariste, Donell James Foreman, Bradley Gale, Eric Giancola, Darius Harper, Eric Huffman, Corey Hummerston, Eric Jackson, Emily Jenda, Nick Laughlin, J. Paris Alexander Nesbitt, Monica Patton, John Pinto Jr., Jon-Michael Reese, Travis Robertson, Cessalee Stovall, Hardy Weaver, Rob Colletti and Stephen Mark Lukas.

"The Book of Mormon," which features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone (Stone and Parker are the co-creators of the "South Park" animated series on Comedy Central) begins preview performances at the Bank of America Theatre on Dec. 11. The full length of its Chicago engagement has yet to be announced, although tickets currently are on sale through June 2.

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