Gavin Creel is Elder Price, on a Mission to the West End in ‘Book of Mormon’

Gavin Creel in the Book of Mormon.

Gavin Creel in the Book of Mormon.

Gavin Creel is back on the West End. The Book of Mormon opened in London on March 21 and Creel now takes the stage as Elder Price. He first stepped into the role on the musical’s first national tour and will reprise his performance along with Jared Gertner, who toured as Elder Cunningham . They will be joined by Alexia Khadime, Stephen Ashfield, Giles Terera, Haydn Oakley and Chris Jarman.

This is Creel’s third time starring on the West End. In 2006, he made his West End debut as Bert in Mary Poppins. In 2010, he starred as Claude in the London production of Hair just after performing in the acclaimed Broadway revival.

The much-anticipated West End production of The Book of Mormon comes on the heels of the musical’s wild success in New York and Chicago as well as its popular US tour. The Broadway production won nine Tony Awards and the original cast recording is one of the best-selling Broadway albums in Billboard chart history.

Creel’s influence doesn’t stop at performing. He is also a talented musician and an advocate for marriage equality, using his fame for the greater good. He has released three albums in the past seven years and is a founder of the Broadway Impact organization which has made great strides in increasing awareness about equal marriage.

Creel first burst onto the Broadway scene as heartthrob Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002 and became a well-recognized name in professional theatre. Over a decade later his charm and talent still bring new life to any role he steps into.

The Book of Mormon began performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Feb. 25 and opened on March 21. Here’s to a great run, Gavin and Company!

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