Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumnus Rob Colletti is back in Chicago with the national company of The Book of Mormon, running February 25-May 17 at the Bank of America Theatre. Rob, who’s now based in New York, is the standby for the leading role of “Elder Cunningham” in the hit musical comedy–a role Rob has played in the show’s long-running Broadway production.
Rob, who hails from the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, is 2011 graduate of Columbia College (BA, Theatre/Acting). While at Columbia, he also studied in the comedy studies program at The Second City. His professional credits include The Original Grease in 2011 at the American Theater Company in Chicago. That production restored material from the original 1971 Chicago production of Grease that had been cut from the show’s 1972 Broadway version. The Original Grease was created with the participation of Grease‘s coauthor Jim Jacobs, benefactor of the Jim Jacobs Musical Theatre Scholarship at Columbia College Chicago.
Rob joined the Book of Mormon company during the show’s first, record-breaking Chicago run in 2012-2013, following his run in The Original Grease. In an e-mail to this blog, Rob recalled:
“I began auditioning for The Book of Mormon in the fall of 2011, was cast in the spring of 2012, and started rehearsing with the Original Chicago/2nd National Tour production in the fall of 2012 in New York. The audition process began in Chicago at the Equity office. It started with a basic call of auditions over the course of a week, and culminated in a few callbacks for the full creative team in New York beginning in November of 2011 and finishing in the final week of January 2012. I was initially cast as the original Elder Cunningham Standby for Ben Platt. We began rehearsals in October of 2012 (during Hurricane Sandy) and flew to Chicago for tech in the beginning of that December. We opened to rave reviews on December 19, 2012 and ran for 10 months (over 430 performances) at the Bank of America Theater in Chicago. . . .
Tickets for The Book of Mormon are available at all Broadway In Chicago box offices, the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at 800-775‐2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations, and online at broadwayinchicago.com. Low-price $25 tickets are available in a pre-show drawing at the Bank of America Theatre box office (18 W. Monroe) every day.