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Book of Mormon: Jared Gertner plays Elder Cunningham

Understudy Jared Gertner played the role of Elder Cunningham from 7 Jun 2012 in the 2011 Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon. He assumes the role from original cast member Josh Gad who played his final performance on 6 Jun 2012.

Gerdner's credits include 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' (Broadway), 'Ordinary Days' (Off-Broadway/Roundabout), and the Off-Broadway improv show, 'Don't Quit Your Night Job.' Regional: SF/Boston company of 'Spelling Bee' (IRNE award, Best Actor), Paper Mill, Goodspeed, Cape Playhouse, Fulton, The Gem, Cincinnati Playhouse, St Louis Rep, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, First Stage Milwaukee. TV/Film: "Ugly Betty," "The Good Wife" and "Between Love and Goodbye."

He joins original principal cast members Andrew Rannells (Elder Price), Nikki M. James (Nabalungi), Rory O'Malley (Elder McKinley), Michael Potts (Mafala Hatimbi), Lewis Cleale (Price's Dad) and Brian Tyree Henry (General).

The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on 24 Mar 2011, following previews from 24 Feb, and is currently booking through to 12 May 2013.

The show opened to excellent reviews: Bowls you over (newyorktheatreguide); Pleasure-giving musical (NY Times); Blissfully original, irreverent, outspoken and hilarious (NY Daily News); A hit (NY Post); Hysterically funny and tunefully irresistible (NY1).

The Book of Mormon follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.

The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of Comedy Central's landmark animated series, "South Park". Tony Award-winner Lopez is composer and co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, 'Avenue Q.'

The show won nine 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and has been a box office hit with a regular house attendence of 102%.

The show is choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and directed by Nicholaw and Trey Parker - joint winners of the 2011 Tony Award for best direction of a musical.

The Book of Mormon's creative team features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman. Music supervision is by Stephen Oremus.

Parker and Stone make their Broadway musical writing debut with The Book of Mormon. Parker and Stone have won four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for "South Park," the team's controversial, critically acclaimed series, which airs on Comedy Central.

Jared Gertner

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