November 9, 2012 |
Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner, now starring as the lead missionaries in the Los Angeles production of “The Book of Mormon,” will get to hear British laughter come Feb. 25, when the show opens in London's West End. The Daily Mail reported Thursday that the producers changed their mind about hiring an all-British cast and opted for the two Americans in the lead roles of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham. Sonia Friedman, co-producer in London, said “it became clear early on during the audition process in London that we needed the real thing.” She noted that Creel's role, Elder Price, requires that “sort of square-jawed Mormon, and you can't create that all-American look.” One shudders for the British thespian community if that kind of thinking really takes hold.
April 5, 2012 |
In a prediction of underhanded campaign tactics to come, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told GOP delegates Tuesday that he foresees that President Obama's campaign will try to use Mitt Romney's Mormon faith against him. “You watch, they're going to throw the Mormon church at him like you can't believe it,” Hatch said. He later reiterated his point on Wednesday in Draper, Utah. “For them to say they aren't going to smear Mitt Romney is bologna. It's way out of bounds, but that's what is going to happen.” Hatch, also a Mormon, and seeking reelection in a state with more than 60% of the population following the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, specifically pointed his finger toward Obama's campaign adviser David Axelrod and White House aide David Plouffe.
June 13, 2011 |
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday The Tony Awards honor "The Book of Mormon" and "War Horse" as the big winners at Sunday's ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. ( Los Angeles Times ) Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band saxophonist, suffers a stroke at 69. ( AP ) Laura Ziskin, producer of the "Spider-Man" films, died of breast cancer Sunday at age 61. ( Los Angeles Times ) First Lady Michelle Obama lands in the City of Angels to discuss with SAG members and the AFTRA how Hollywood could tell stories about military families.
June 21, 2011
The reboot of the "Spider-Man" musical hasn't been hurt by opening-night reviews. The show, which finally welcomed professional drama critics, grossed more than $1 million last week and even beat the popular musical "The Book of Mormon. " The reviews acknowledged improvement over the earlier version but were still poor. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" opened Tuesday. It pulled in nearly $1.28 million for the week ending Sunday. That makes it the third-highest-grossing show on Broadway after "Wicked" and "The Lion King.
June 16, 2011
After winning nine Tony Awards Sunday night, including the one for best musical, "The Book of Mormon" got more good news Wednesday: Its cast album ranked No. 3 on the U.S. sales charts last week. It was the highest-charting Broadway cast album — and first top 10 — since 1969, when "Hair" spent 13 weeks at No. 1, Billboard reported. The Broadway album sold 61,000 units during the week that ended Sunday — a paltry figure compared, say, with the more than 1.1. million that Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sold two weeks ago, but Billboard said it marked the largest sales week for any cast album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991, the previous record having been 54,000 for "Phantom of the Opera" in 1992.
June 13, 2011 |
"The Book of Mormon," the exuberantly foul-mouthed hit show about comically mismatched missionaries in AIDS-ravaged Africa, won the award for best musical, along with eight other awards, and Nick Stafford's "War Horse," starring a life-size puppet of a noble steed, won five awards capped by the best play trophy at Sunday's Tony Awards ceremony in New York. As was widely predicted, Sutton Foster won as actress in a musical award for Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," the best musical revival winner.
November 30, 2002 |
A graduate student with Mormon family roots says he probably will be excommunicated next week for articles he has written questioning the validity of the Book of Mormon. Thomas W. Murphy, 35, published an article in the May Signature Books anthology, "American Apocrypha," which uses genetic data to discredit the Book of Mormon claim that American Indians are heathen descendants of ancient Israel. The conclusion also is the thesis of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Washington.
August 24, 2012 |
NEW YORK - In "The Book of Mormon," a group of teenage American missionaries sent to evangelize Ugandans beset by war, poverty, AIDS and drought is getting nowhere until one of its number - the hapless Elder Cunningham - begins to mix the writings of the prophet Joseph Smith with whoppers of pop culture phenomena, including Disney, "Star Wars" and "The Lord of the Rings. " The cooked-up messianic message is like the musical itself: a sweet-profane amalgam of scatological mockery and affectionate satire which, since it opened last year, has been drawing converts of its own along with rave reviews, record-breaking box office, and a slew of top awards, including a best musical Tony Award.
August 18, 1985 |
One February morning 100 years ago, a 29-year-old man named Peter Skousen left his home in Snowflake, Ariz., and headed for Mexico. With him were his two wives, Annice, 28, and Mary, 21, their seven children, and all the plows, shovels, beds, chairs, flour and chickens they could fit into a horse-drawn wagon. The Skousens, like other Mormon polygamists, knew Congress had passed two laws making a crime of what they believed to be a religious duty.
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May 13, 1989 |
Another Newport Beach attorney might have been power lunching. But Whitney Clayton spent his noon hours on a recent Thursday grocery shopping for the sake of The Principles. As a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--the Mormon equivalent of a parish priest--Clayton had heard that morning about a church family in crisis. Told that an out-of-work Bolivian widower and his son were desperately hungry, without money or transportation, Clayton drove immediately to a Fountain Valley warehouse.