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2011
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
Live at the Beacon Theatre

Josh Gad — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Josh Gad

Show:
The Book of Mormon

Role:
Elder Cunningham, a disheveled young Mormon missionary with a gift for creative storytelling (make that lying) when explaining his faith to African villagers.

Bio Brief:
In addition to his theater work (including a Broadway debut performance in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Gad has served as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and was a regular on the short-lived Kelsey Grammer sitcom Back to You.

Other Honors for This Role:
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance 
—Astaire Award nomination for Outstanding Male Dancer

Tony History:
This is Gad’s first Tony Award nomination.

Fun Fact:
While in high school, Gad won the National Forensics League National Tournament Championship in Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory.

Quotable Quote:
“[The Book of Mormon] is a master class in comedy. [Trey Parker and Matt Stone] know exactly what is funny probably better than 99.9% of the population.” —Gad in an interview with Broadway.com, 4/11

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical