The Book of Mormon National Tour!

October 25, 2017

Jacob has been on tour with The Book of Mormon as the Standby for Elder Cunningham since October of 2017. He has had the opportunity to perform this incredible role throughout the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico! 

Brad Knows Nothing NYMF 2018

July 10, 2018

Brad Knows Nothing held its second official New York reading in July of 2018 for the New York Musical Festival's Developmental Reading Series. Demos from the show can be found at the Soundcloud link below.

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"Loudmouth loose cannon Cunningham is the show’s scene-stealing role and Ben-Shmuel does it goofy justice."

Hap Erstein, Palm Beach Arts Paper

"Price’s unwelcome partner, Elder Arnold Cunningham, was played by stand-by Jacob Ben-Shmuel on Wednesday night. He brought a sweetness and unerring comic sense to the part of the chronic outcast."

- Jan Sjostrom, Palm Beach Daily News

"Still there could be no Parade (indeed I doubt UCI would have even dared program it) were it not for the absolutely brilliant Ben-Shmuel, whose Act One fearlessness in making Leo as arrogant and patronizing as any Northerner could get in Deep South Georgia make his second act transformation into a vulnerable, frightened, loving human being all the more heartrending. In both vocal and acting chops, Ben-Shmuel gives any Broadway star a run for his money."

- Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA

"The cast is nearly flawless. Special mention goes to Jacob Ben-Shmuel...{who} has the daunting task of taking a lead character that is expressly written to be fairly unlikable and turning in a nuanced and moving performance."

- Mike Martin, Orange Curtain Review


"As for Sancho Panza, it’s hard to imagine a more delightful Quijote sidekick than Jacob Ben-Shmuel, who plays the windmill-battler’s right-hand man with a pixyish scruffiness and infectious charm, his “I Like Him” and “A Little Gossip” hitting the vocal-comedic bulls-eye again and again."

- Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA