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Book of Mormon arrives in L.A.

Pantages theatre hosts 12-week run

Posted: September 4, 2012 3:29 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2012 3:29 p.m.

Photo: Joan Marcus Gavin Creel stars as Elder Price in "The Book of Mormon" at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The show will play Sept. 5-Nov. 25.

One of the most anticipated theater events in Los Angeles in years is the arrival of “The Book of Mormon” at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a 12-week engagement. The winner of nine Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical, “The Book of Mormon” follows two mismatched Mormon missionaries as they set out to spread their religion in Uganda. The musical is the creation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative minds that brought us “South Park, along with Robert Lopez of "Avenue Q." Gavin Creel, the Tony-nominated actor who starred in the 2009 Broadway revival of "Hair," will star as Elder Price when the show opens during the second stop of the premiere national tour at the Pantages Theatre starting Sept. 5. The show opened Aug. 14 in Denver. "It’s a great part, an unbelievable show and an amazing opportunity,” said Creel. “The entire cast feels like we’re part of something pretty special. To be the first ones to take the show out of New York into the country is a real honor.” Creel said the show runs the gamut of emotions. “One minute we’re making you laugh, the next we’re shocking you and then we bring you to tears,” he said. Creel said at first he was intimidated to step into the role of Elder Price, which was originated on Broadway by Andrew Rannells, a close friend of Creel. “He is such a genius,” said Creel. “I knew he was unbelievably talented and brilliantly funny. I didn’t want to take the part, but he told me that he would be honored if I followed him and took the show on the road.” Creel said he enjoys playing the role of Elder Price. “I like the journey that this self-righteous 19-year-old who has everything figured out takes,” said Creel. “Then I get to play his slow disintegration during the course of the play.” Creel said audiences should see the show because “it is the greatest musical ever written on this planet.” “This is a musical for those who want something new and fresh, those who love old fashioned musicals and those who want irreverence,” he said. “If you think you know what it is all about, you’ll be surprised. It’s unexpected.” Creel said despite the controversial nature of the show he’s not seen anyone walk out. “There have been a few who have left because of the coarseness of the language, but I don’t know of anyone who has walked out here (in Denver),” he said. “We’re actors in a musical playing parts. I am thrilled to be in a show that entertains and enlightens." “The Book of Mormon” opened in March 2011 on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York and continues its sold out run. The show has remained one of the hardest to get tickets in New York. “The Book of Mormon” is a religious satire with adult themes, explicit language and situations. It is not suitable for children. “The Book of Mormon” will play the Pantages Theatre Sept. 5 – Nov. 25. Visit Broadway/L.A. at or call 800-982-2787 for tickets. Prices start at $30 in the orchestra. A pre-show lottery will be held at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece; cash only. This lottery will be held prior to every performance except for the gala opening night on Wednesday Sept. 12. Entries for the lottery will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets.


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