When Eagle Vale actor Daniel Assetta first saw The Book of Mormon on Broadway four years ago he knew he wanted to be a part of it. The musical comedy, written by Robert Lopaz and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is among the most successful musicals of all time, grossing more than $500 million since it made its debut on Broadway in 2011.
Assetta is part of the ensemble cast, playing the role of Elder Young and the father of lead character Elder Cunningham.
The former Magdalene Catholic High School student said the opportunity to be a part of Book of Mormon was a dream come true. “The show was on my radar for a while and in 2014 I travelled to New York and watched it there,” Assetta told the Macarthur Chronicle.
“I knew when I was watching it that I needed to be in this show.”
After hundreds of performances you could be forgiven for thinking the humour would begin to wear thin, but Assetta says the show still makes him laugh. “We do eight shows a week and we’ve been doing that since the opening in Melbourne (January 2017) ... it’s been a huge two years,” he said. “I sometimes forget how funny it is but then you see the audience’s reactions and roars of laughter. If you love the humour in South Park then you’ll love The Book of Mormon.”
Assetta was also lucky enough to work with the musical’s broadway cast.
“We got to meet Trey and Matt at the premiere in Melbourne, which is not an opportunity that you get very often with Australian productions, and we got to work with the original Broadway cast. “It was really cool to meet the people who put the show together in the US.”
Assetta’s next major production will be West Side Story while he also is preparing for a show alongside sister Chiara at the Hayes Theatre called Siblingship. “We both grew up together in Campbelltown and it gives a snapshot of our lives,” Assetta said. “I think anyone who has a sibling will be able to recognise a lot of what happens in the show. It’s a cabaret. A mixture of singing dancing and comedy.” They will be at the Hayes Theatre from October 9-12, 2019.
The Book of Mormon is on at the Sydney Lyric Theatre until February.
By Daniel Zautsen, Macarthur Chronicle Campbelltown