Watch Josh Gad Reveal That Nick Lachey Auditioned For Elder Price in The Book of Mormon | Playbill

Film & TV News Watch Josh Gad Reveal That Nick Lachey Auditioned For Elder Price in The Book of Mormon

The Tony nominee visited LIVE with Kelly and Ryan to talk about his career.

The Book of Mormon actor Josh Gad appeared in the May 20 broadcast of LIVE with Kelly and Ryan to discuss his career and his animated series Central Park

While chatting with Ryan Secrest and fill-in host Vanessa Lachey, the Tony nominee told a story from an early moment in his career. Gad shares that upon moving to Los Angeles, his then-agent sent him to an audition where he went up against singer and television host Nick Lachey.

The actor goes on to share that later, Lachey auditioned for The Book of Mormon. "Nick came in and auditioned for Elder Price for Book of Mormon before [Andrew] Rannells came in and got it, and Nick was actually phenomenal." He jokes, "There's an alternate reality where Nick and I were on Broadway together." See the full clip above.

Gad famously originated the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez musical. He won a shared Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and a Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical and received a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.

In another segment, the Frozen and Beauty and the Beast actor opens up about filming his animated series Central Park along with a group of Broadway favorites. He refers to the cast as "The Avengers" of musical theatre. 

The animated musical comedy first premiered on Apple TV in May 2020 and received an early season three renewal ahead of the second season's premiere. The show features an all-star cast including Gad; Hamilton stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs, Kathryn Hahn, five-time Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess, Stanley Tucci, and more.

The show follows the Tillerman family and their experiences living in Central Park. The 20th Century Fox series is created, written and executive produced by Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers), alongside Gad and Nora Smith (Bob’s Burgers). 

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