The Book of Mormon
Elder McKinley, a closeted Mormon missionary and frustrated musical theater performer determined to “turn it off” (his sexuality, that is).
O’Malley’s varied theatrical credits range from playing Richie Cunningham in the Goodspeed Opera House premiere of Happy Days and off-Broadway’s Newsical to a replacement stint in Broadway’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Other Honors for This Role
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
This is O’Malley’s first Tony Award nomination.
O’Malley’s Book of Mormon co-star and fellow Tony nominee Josh Gad was his college roommate at Carnegie Mellon, and O’Malley was a groomsman in Gad’s wedding.
“I love how passionate Elder McKinley is about his faith, but he's a perfectionist in a bad way…to the point he denies his true feelings. It’s a common story, unfortunately.” —O’Malley in a Fresh Face interview with Broadway.com, 4/21/11