They are finally here for you! Broadway alum Nic Rouleau, Pitch Perfect's Ben Platt and American Idol's Syesha Mercado will officially join the Broadway company of The Book of Mormon on January 7. As previously reported, Rouleau takes over for Matt Doyle as the alpha Mormon Price, Platt replaces Cody Jamison Strand as the socially awkward Cunningham and Mercado takes over the role of kind-hearted villager Nabulungi from Tony winner Nikki M. James. Doyle, Strand and James will play their final performances on January 5.
Rouleau made his Broadway debut as Tony nominee Andrew Rannells’ standby in The Book of Mormon, and Platt and Mercado will be making their Broadway debuts in the Tony-winning tuner.
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. In addition to Doyle, Strand and James, the musical's cast includes Matt Loehr as Elder McKinley and Michael Potts as Mafala Hatimbi.
The Book of Mormon is directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw, who also serves as choreographer. The Broadway production opened in March 2011 and went on to win nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.