Entertainment

Exclusive Interview with Stanley Wayne Mathis of the Book of Mormon Tour

Broadway Across America and the Texas Performing Art have come together to bring one of the most talked about and most anticipated musicals of the last decade to Austin. After winning 9 Tony awards and playing to countless sold out houses, Book of Mormon is coming to Austin as part of its original tour.

So Editor of Austin Entertainment Weekly Olin Meadows sat down with Stanley Wayne Mathis who plays Mafala, in the show to talk about the tour, the show and what he is most looking forward to while in Austin.

The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey ParkerRobert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and Stone co-created the music with Lopez, a co-composer/co-lyricist of Avenue Q. The show lampoons organized religion and traditional musical theatre, reflecting the creators’ lifelong fascination with Mormonism and musicals.

The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Naïve and optimistic, the two missionaries try to share the Book of Mormon, one of their scriptures—which only one of them has read—but have trouble connecting with the locals, who are more worried about warfaminepoverty, and AIDS than about religion.

After nearly seven years of development, the show opened on Broadway in March 2011. The Book of Mormon has garnered overwhelmingly positive critical response and numerous theatre awards including nine Tony Awards, one of which was for Best Musical, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. An original Broadway cast recording was released in May 2011 and became the highest-charting Broadway cast album in over four decades, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard charts.

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