Book of Mormon Tickets: The Original Cast is Breaking Up

Not that long ago it appeared the Book of Mormon (the Broadway musical, not the religious reference) was set until at least the beginning of 2013. Talks of extended contracts were in the air even after the Tony Awards showered its principle actors and actresses with nominations and wins. Well, the time to see the original Book of Mormon cast is drawing to a close, meaning anyone wanting to see Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, and Nikki M. Jones share the stage needs to get their Book of Mormon tickets now.

Josh Gad will be departing the biggest stage in live entertainment for the small screen. He will be giving television another shot on 1600 Penn, an NBC sitcom destined for the 2012 fall slate. The comedy focuses on the travails of raising a family in the White House. Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman star as the president and first lady. Gad stars as Skip, the eldest son of the first family and the first screw up, as evident by the television clip provided by NBC.

Andrew Rannells will joining Gad with NBC, though with a different program. Rannells is starring in the New Normal, on half of a gay couple who has hired a woman to be a surrogate mother. The series is the latest from Ryan Murphy, television’s latest series whisperer. The show also stars Justin Bartha as Rannells’ character’s other half, Georgia King as the surrogate, Ellen Barkin as the surrogate’s racist, homophobic grandmother, and NeNe Leajes as the Rannells’ character’s assistant.

Nikki M. Jones will be gone, but just for the summer. She is taking a leave of absence to work on a movie musical. Lucky Stiff is a musical farce being adopted and set to star Jason alexander, Nikki, Dominic Marsh, and Jayne Houdyshell. Christopher Ashley, previously of the musical Memphis, is going to direct.

There are painfully few more chances to see this cast, so hurry and find your tickets to see the Book of Mormon before a new set of stars take over and make the roles their own.

Book of Mormon Tickets: No More Andrew Rannells

Last week it was reported that the Book of Mormon would be retaining its Tony Award winning cast until 2013. Well, evidently, the casting is not as clear cut. Andrew Rannells, who stars as Elder Kevin Price, might not be part of that returning cast. First, he is going to have to take a few weeks off to head to Los Angeles to work on the new Ryan Murphy sitcom. During those weeks an understudy would have to take his place. Of course, the bigger concern is not that Rannells will be missing for a few weeks, but that he will be gone for an extended period of time, taking up the role for the entire season.

The role is that of one-half of a gay couple interacting with the surrogate who is carrying their child. Well, chances are pretty good that the sitcom, currently known as “that new Ryan Murphy project”, will find a primetime slot for at least half a television season. It has been reported that NBC, ABC, and FOX had been bidding for the pilot. NBC won and they are desperate to put up some kind of comedy programming featuring homosexual characters to challenge Modern Family. For goodness sakes, this is the network that made Will and Grace a huge hit, this pilot will likely get an entire year no matter how good or bad it ends up being.

This is not the first time a television pilot has interfered with the cast of a Broadway play. Sutton Foster took a break from the musical Anything Goes to work on the TV pilot Bunheads. The co-creators of the Book of Mormon would be hard pressed to demonstrate any kind of bitterness if Rannells is given the opportunity to leave for greater exposure. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are, of course, famous for their animated half hour comedy South Park.

So, get Book of Mormon tickets to enjoy the true original cast before Ryan Murphy likely adds another successful program to his IMDB profile.