Broadway alum Nic Rouleau and Pitch Perfect star Ben Platt, who have been playing Elders Price and Cunningham, respectively, in the second national tour of The Book of Mormon since December 2012, will join the Broadway company of the blockbuster show in January 2014. Rouleau will take over for Matt Doyle as the alpha Mormon Price, and Platt will replace Cody Jamison Strand as the socially awkward Cunningham.
Both tour mates confirmed on October 21 that they planned to join the Tony Award-winning musical at the beginning of the new year. Rouleau tweeted: "Thrilled to announce that Heavenly Father is sending me back to Broadway to serve another mission at @BookofMormon in January!! #IBelieve." Platt, who will be making his Broadway debut in the show, tweeted: "Bursting with excitement to finally announce that I will be joining the Broadway company of @BookofMormon this January!! #DreamComeTrue #NYC."
Rouleau made his Broadway debut as Andrew Rannells’ standby in The Book of Mormon. His other credits include Emmett in Legally Blonde, Woody in Toy Story: The Musical and Marius in Les Miserables. Platt made his professional acting debut as the blundering but lovable Benji Applebaum in the 2012 hit college a capella film Pitch Perfect.
Featuring a book and score by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon follows two mismatched Mormon missionaries as they are sent to Uganda to spread their religion. Upon arrival they learn their training may not have quite prepared them for the many challenges they are about to face. The show garnered nine Tony Awards including Best Musical.
In addition to Doyle and Strand, the current Broadway cast includes Tony winner Nikki M. James as Nabulungi, Matt Loehr as Elder McKinley and Michael Potts as Mafala Hatimbi. The show's ensemble features Lewis Cleale, Brian Tyree Henry, Scott Barnhardt, Will Blum, Graham Bowen, Darlesia Cearcy, Christian Delcroix, Delius Doherty, Kevin Duda, Jeff Heimbrock, Tyson Jennette, Clark Johnsen, K.J. Hippensteel, Carly Hughes, Matthew Marks, John Eric Parker, Christopher Rice, Benjamin Schrader, Michael James Scott, David Hull, Allison Semmes, Jason Michael Snow, Lawrence Stallings, Maia Nkenge Wilson, Tommar Wilson and Candice Marie Woods.