Gentle giant Chris Jarman is one of the nicest people in the theatre business. The complete opposite to his character, General Butt Fucking Naked in the hugely popular The Book of Mormon at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre.
Chris plays a Ugandan villages murderous despot who is obsessed with female circumcision, because his paranoia has led him to believe that all of the clitorises in the village will ‘power up’ and destroy him. I caught up with him at the stage door after Saturday’s matinee.
Chris added the initials BFN in reference to his character, not ‘Bye For Now’…. or maybe both!
Scottish born actor Stephen Ashfield continues to delight London audiences as the camp Elder McKinley in the outrageous smash hit musical The Book of Mormon – the hottest ticket in town at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
“Elder McKinley is a really nice guy who has some issues,” Stephen said.
A career defining performance that earned him the Olivier Award after star turns as Emmett in Legally Blonde and Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys. Stephen won Best Supporting Actor in a musical at the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Awards for both Mormon and Jersey Boys.
Not only did Stephen sign the sketch, I also got his family’s approval at the stage door after Saturday’s matinée performance.
The Broadway musical juggernaut The Book Of Mormon rolled into London’s West End last month and has been doing the ‘biz’ ever since. Written by South Park‘s Matt Stone and Trey Parker and winner of 9 Tony Awards, the show opened to mixed reviews by the British critics, but the public have taken to it in droves. Tickets are scarce, but we managed to grab a few on Red Nose gala night, with all the profits from that performance going to Comic Relief.
Transferring from the US National Tour are American leads Gavin Creel (Elder Price) and Jared Gertner (Elder Cunningham). London’s own Alexia Khadime plays the lead female role – Nabulungi.
Fresh from the role of Eponine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Alexia’s pedigree includes Elphaba in Wicked and Nala in The Lion King.