Syesha Mercado, “American Idol” finalist has taken over the role of Nabulungi in the Chicago production of the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, which began previews at the Bank of America Theatre on December 11.
Stephanie Umoh was previously announced for this role. There has been no official word on why she has left, but she has been replaced. Representatives of The Book of Mormon confirmed Mercado’s casting.
Mercado recently appeared as Ti Moune in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Once On This Island. She has been in Chicago rehearsing the show for the past two weeks, and began performances with the cast when previews began Dec. 11.
The Chicago production marks the third staging of The Book of Mormon to open in the U.S. It is currently set to play through June 2, 2013 after the performances through March 3, 2013, are currently sold out.
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