The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony awards, is back in Texas with 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.
Hailed as “the best musical of this century” by The New York Times, it’s a religious satire about two young, naive Mormon missionaries sent to a village in Uganda. Alexandra Ncube, who plays Nabulungi, a Ugandan princess, answered a few questions for us!
What is your theatre background?
I grew up among theatre goers and quickly developed a strong love for the art form growing up. After realizing a science degree was against my soul’s longing, I decided to take the road less traveled and majored in theatre in college, performed constantly to develop my resume, and got the privilege to join this tour!
What do you think it is about The Book of Mormon that has made it such a huge hit?
The comedy has so much honesty about the world, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone brilliantly teach the audience, almost under their noses, through satire. The characters are also so likeable and well rounded. They drive the story home to its great message.
Can you tell us about your role?
Nabalungi is the female lead and driving force of optimism through the show. Her Super-objective is to find hope to save her village from the evil General. She finds salvation in the Elders.
How did you prepare for the role?
Research is a huge part of my process, so I studied as much as I could to try and embody a Ugandan woman and empathize with her circumstances. I also spent a lot of time mimicking my Zimbabwean father’s accent and adjust the details of the dialect to fit a west African Sound.
Alexandra is delighted to make her National Tour debut with The Book of Mormon. She holds her B.A. in Theatre from Arizona State University. Favorite credits include Spring Awakening (Martha) and Rent (Mimi). The Book of Mormon plays in Austin and San Antonio this month:
Austin, Dec 8-13
Bass Concert Hall
San Antonio, Dec 15-20