Tony nominee Daniel Breaker is taking over the role of Mafala Hatimbi in the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, replacing original cast member Michael Potts, who will depart the show in February. Breaker will join Mormon alum Nic Rouleau, Pitch Perfect's Ben Platt and American Idol's Syesha Mercado in the production. No exact dates have yet been confirmed.
Breaker announced the news on January 29 via his Twitter account. "I'm pleased to join the @BookofMormon this Feb on B'way!!! Come see me play Mafala in this absolutely hilarious show!!! #LoveMormon" he posted. Breaker received a Tony nod for his performance in 2008's Passing Strange. His other Broadway credits include The Performers, Shrek the Musical, Cymbeline and Well.
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 Potts as Mafala, the show currently stars Rouleau as Elder Price, Platt as Elder Cunningham, Matt Loehr as Elder McKinley and Mercado as Nabulungi.