The Sporting Life: Book of Mormon Special Edition

Photo 1: Candace Quarrels and Cody Jamison Strand in The Book of Mormon National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus. © 2016

Candace Quarrels and Cody Jamison Strand in The Book of Mormon National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus. © 2016

Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon, which played a record breaking and sold out run in 2014, returns to Nashville for a limited engagement November 15-20 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Of particular local interest, Candace Quarrels plays Nabulungi, a key lead character. Quarrels is a Memphis, TN native who attended Belmont University.

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 the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

The Book of Mormon follows two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to share their scriptures with the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village. The earnest young men are challenged by the lack of interest of the locals, who are preoccupied with more pressing troubles such as AIDS, famine, and oppression from a warlord.

The Book of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony Awards; the New York Drama Critics Circle Award; five Drama Desk Awards; the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; and four Outer Critics Circle Awards.