'The Book of Mormon' casts Gavin Creel for national tour
Gavin Creel, the Tony-nominated actor who starred in the 2009 Broadway revival of "Hair," will trade in his love beads for the Holy Scripture when he joins the national tour of "The Book of Mormon," which kicks off this August in Denver.
The tour's second stop will be at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, for a 12-week engagement starting Sept. 5.
Creel is set to play Elder Price, the bright-eyed Mormon missionary of ambiguous sexuality. The role is played on Broadway by Andrew Rannells. No other casting for the tour has been announced.
"The Book of Mormon" follows elders Price and Cunningham as they travel to a remote African village for their mission. The musical was created by "South Park's" Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Robert Lopez of "Avenue Q." Parker directed the show with Casey Nicholaw, who is also the choreographer.
The musical has been a hit on Broadway since opening last year. It won nine Tony Awards, including the award for best new musical.
Creel received Tony nominations for "Hair" in 2009 and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in 2002.
-- David Ng
Photo: Gavin Creel. Credit: Seth Wenig / Associated Press