The Craig Fahle Show

The Irreverent "Book of Mormon" Sings, Dances and Taps into Detroit

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Tony Award winning musical “The Book of Mormon” is in its second year on national tour. The satirical show from the creators of “South Park” and the Disney movie “Frozen” returns to Detroit next week for a two week stint at the Detroit Opera House.

One of the supporting characters, Elder McKinley, is written squarely into a national conversation about the conflicts that sometimes exist between organized religion and homosexuality. Actor Grey Henson plays the repressed Elder McKinley. He was cast in the role right out of college. Henson tells WDET’s Laura Weber-Davis a professor reached out to the actor who originated the role on Broadway, Rory O’Malley.

Henson says the character has changed and evolved, not just in his interpretation over O'Malley's, but also within Henson's own performances over the past couple years. Henson says he has learned a lot about himself and the singing, dancing, tapping Elder McKinley on the road.

"He's really good at being a Mormon, he just has this tragic flaw... His tragic flaw is probably he's a tap dancer," Henson jokes of Elder McKinley.

"The Book of Mormon" plays at The Detroit Opera House July 1st through July 13th. He spoke with WDET’s Laura Weber-Davis.