Կաղապար:Short description Կաղապար:Pp-pc1 Կաղապար:Infobox person Andrew Scott Rannells (born August 23, 1978) is an American film, stage, television and voice actor.

Rannells is best known for originating the role of Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. He received his second Tony nomination in 2017 for his performance as Whizzer in the 2016 Broadway revival of Falsettos. Other Broadway credits include Hairspray (2005), Jersey Boys (2009), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2010), Hamilton (2015), and The Boys in the Band (2018).

In the 2010s, he began working as a screen actor; most notably, he starred in the 2012 NBC sitcom The New Normal and played the recurring role of Elijah in HBO's Girls (2012–2017). In 2019, he began starring in Black Monday on Showtime. He has accumulated numerous voice acting credits since the beginning of his career including Matthew in Netflix's Big Mouth.

Early lifeԽմբագրել

Rannells was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Charlotte and Ronald Rannells.[1] He is the fourth of five siblings, with three sisters and an older brother.[1][2] Rannells attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school in Omaha, and then Creighton Preparatory School,[1] an all-boys Roman Catholic school in Omaha.[2][3] His family lived in the Hanscom Park neighborhood in Omaha.[1]

As a child, he took classes at the Emmy Gifford Children's Theater and performed at the Omaha Community Playhouse and the Firehouse Dinner Theatre and the Dundee Dinner Theatre.[1][4] Rannells was 11 when he acted in his first play. He did community theater with fellow Omahan and Creighton Prep alumnus Conor Oberst.[5] He did voice-over work and commercials, including a 1996 Grease spoof with Amy Adams.[2]

Rannells moved to New York City in 1997 after high school, studying theater at Marymount Manhattan College for two years before he started auditioning full-time and began landing roles.[6]


1994–2002: Early career and voice actingԽմբագրել

Active in community theater, Rannells got his start as a professional actor as a teenager through voice acting. In the mid-1990s, he found work with the animation production company DIC Entertainment through an Omaha casting call. He was subsequently cast in a number of their television productions in main voice roles.[7] He continued to work in the medium for a number of years while pursuing theater. Rannells worked with the New York City-based production company 4Kids Entertainment from 2001 to 2004 and did voice acting for several English dubs of anime series such as Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!,[5] in addition to serving as voice director for the dubs of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and Sonic X.[1]

One of his first theater roles was as the character James in the touring production of Pokémon Live! from September 2000 to August 2001. When asked about his experience in 2014, he jokingly said that he would have rather starred in a porn film or snuff film instead and that he only took the job for the pay.[8][9]

Before winning his first Broadway role, Rannells had parts in a number of regional theater productions, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Miss Saigon, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.[10] For his turn as Hedwig at the Zachary Scott Theater Center in Austin, Texas, in 2002,[11] he won best actor in a musical at the B. Iden Payne Awards in September 2002, which honor outstanding achievements in Austin theater.[12]

2002–2012: Broadway debut and The Book of MormonԽմբագրել

Rannells in 2009

In 2002, Rannells made his Broadway debut when he assumed the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray.[13]

He followed this with some regional performances.[2][14][15] He played Bob Gaudio in the First National Tour of Jersey Boys. His last performance with the tour was on December 6, 2008, in Toronto. In January 2009, he reprised the role of Gaudio in the musical's Broadway production.[16]

Rannells had his breakthrough in 2011 when he originated the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, a musical written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez. For his performance, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for his performance in the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording. His last performance was June 10, 2012.[17]

2012–present: Work in television and theaterԽմբագրել

Rannells played a stripper in the 2012 film Bachelorette[18] and played a lead character, Bryan Collins, in the 2012–13 television series The New Normal.[19][20] One of his most well known roles, he played the recurring role of Elijah on the HBO television series Girls.[21]

He temporarily replaced Jonathan Groff in the role of King George III in Hamilton on Broadway from October 27 to November 29, 2015, while Groff fulfilled pre-arranged filming commitments.[22]

Rannells played the role of "Whizzer Brown" in the Broadway revival of Falsettos directed by James Lapine. He was joined by Christian Borle and Stephanie J. Block who played Marvin and Trina, respectively.[23] The musical ran from October 27, 2016 (with previews beginning September 29), to January 8, 2017.[24][25] He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance.[26]

He played Larry in the 2018 Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band. It was a limited run, in honor of the play's 50th anniversary. It won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. He revived his role (along with the rest of the revival cast) for the film adaptation for Netflix, which was released on September 30, 2020.

Rannells currently plays Blair Pfaff, one of the leading roles on the television show Black Monday. The show premiered on January 20, 2019, on Showtime. In April 2019, the series was renewed for a second season that premiered on March 15, 2020. In October 2020, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered in 2021.[27]

During this period, he also returned to voice acting; notable credits include main roles in Netflix's Big Mouth (2017–present) and Amazon's Invincible (2021–present). He played Trent Oliver in Netflix's 2020 movie musical The Prom, an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name.[28]

Rannells published his first book, a memoir titled Too Much Is Not Enough, in 2019. It is a series of essays about his childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, and his years spent in New York leading up to his 2005 Broadway debut in Hairspray.[29]

He made his directorial debut with season 2 episode 7 of Modern Love, titled How Do You Remember Me?[30] He also wrote the episode, adapting an essay he wrote for the New York Times column (which also appeared in his memoir).[31]

Personal lifeԽմբագրել

Rannells is openly gay.[32] Rannells has said he has known he is gay since high school.[2] He came out to his family when he was eighteen, but "by that point, no one was surprised".[33] He also came out to his theater friends, but not his all-boys Catholic school.[2]

Since 2019, he has been in a relationship with actor Tuc Watkins.[34] The two met the year before while playing a couple on the Broadway production of The Boys in the Band.[35] They reprised their roles for Netflix's film version of the show and also worked together on Black Monday in 2020.[35]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Sex and the City 2 Wedding Chorus
2012 Bachelorette Manny
2015 The Intern Cameron
2016 Why Him? Blaine Pederman
2018 A Simple Favor Darren
2020 The Boys in the Band Larry
The Prom Trent Oliver
The Stand In Nico


Year Title Role Notes
2012–17 Girls Elijah Krantz 35 episodes
2012–13 The New Normal Bryan Collins Main role; 22 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Quinn Abernathy Episode: "Clark Gregg Wears a Navy Blazer & White Collared Shirt"
2013–14 How I Met Your Mother Darren 2 episodes
2015 Glee Himself Episode: "Dreams Come True"
2015 The Knick Frazier H. Wingo 4 episodes
2016 Another Period Bertram Harrison Fusselforth VII 3 episodes
2016 Drunk History John A. Roebling Episode: "Landmarks"
2017 Will & Grace Reggie Episode: "Grandpa Jack"
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself / Guest Judge Episode 8 (season 10)[36]
2018 The Romanoffs David Patton Episode: "Bright and High Circle"
2018 Live from Lincoln Center: Stars in Concert Himself Episode: "Andrew Rannells in Concert" (Season 1)[37]
2019–present Black Monday Blair Pfaff 30 episodes
2021 Girls5eva Kev 3 episodes


† indicates the release date of an English language version. This list is incomplete.

Year Title Role Notes
1994–1997 Street Sharks Streex, Shrimp Louie Main cast; 40 episodes
1999–2000 Archie's Weird Mysteries Archie Andrews Main cast; 40 episodes
2001–2002† Pokémon Morty, Harley, additional characters English dub
2001† Tama and Friends Tama Main cast; 28 episodes; English dub
2001 Shaman King Len Tao English dub
2001–2005 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Mako Tsunami, Noah Kaiba, Leon von Schroeder / Leon Wilson English dub
2002 Kinnikuman Kinnikuman English dub
2002 Knight Hunters Eternity Toudou Hijiri English dub
2002 Liberty's Kids Alexander Hamilton
2003 The Archies: JugMan Archie Andrews Television film[38]
2003–06 Sonic X Additional voices English dub[39]
2003–09 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Additional voices
2004–2005† Pokémon Chronicles Shinji, Forrest, Tomm English dub
2005† Tokyo Mew Mew Dren, Wesley J., Coolridge III English dub
2005 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Wheeler the Chimpanzee, Belowski, Additional voices English dub
2006–2007 Chaotic Various 78 episodes
2016 The Simpsons Himself Episode: "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back"
2016–18 Sofia the First Morris, Skye 5 episodes
2017–18 Welcome to the Wayne Andrei 9 episodes[38]
2017–21 Vampirina King Peppy 3 episodes[38]
2017–present Big Mouth Matthew MacDell Main cast; 33 episodes
2018 Bob's Burgers Hayden Episode: "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now"[38]
2020 Central Park Griffin 2 episodes
2021 Ridley Jones Aten Episode: "Fly Like an Eagle/My Dinner with Ismat"
2021 Invincible William Clockwell 8 episodes
2021 Shaman King Luchist Lasso Netflix dub

Video gamesԽմբագրել

Year Title Voice role Notes
2004 Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum Mako Tsunami English dub
2006 Bully Bif Taylor


Selected credits

Year Title Role Venue Notes
2000–01 Pokémon Live! James US National Tour US tour
2004 It's Karate, Kid! Johnny Lawrence Teatro La Tea Off-off-Broadway[40]
2005 Hairspray Fender (u/s Link Larkin) Neil Simon Theatre Broadway replacement role[41][42]
2005–06 Link Larkin [43]
2006 The 60's Project Performer Chester, CT (Regional): World Premiere
2006 One Step Forward New Worlds Stages Festival of New Musicals[44]
2007–08 Jersey Boys Bob Gaudio US National Tour US Tour[45][46][47]
2009 August Wilson Theatre Broadway replacement[48][49]
2010 Smokey Joe's Cafe Paper Mill Playhouse [50]
2010 Lysistrata Jones Michelangelo "Mick" Jackson Dallas Theater Center Regional premiere; originated role[51][52]
2011 The Book of Mormon Elder Kevin Price Eugene O'Neill Theatre Originated role
2014 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig Belasco Theatre Replacement
2015 Hamilton King George III Richard Rodgers Theatre Temporary replacement (Oct 27, 2015 – Nov 29, 2015)
2016 Falsettos Whizzer Brown Walter Kerr Theatre Broadway
2018 The Boys in the Band Larry Booth Theatre Broadway[53]

Awards and nominationsԽմբագրել

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical The Book of Mormon Առաջադրված
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Առաջադրված
2012 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Հաղթանակ
2013 OFTA Award Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Girls Առաջադրված
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Guest Actor Առաջադրված
Dorian Awards Rising Star Առաջադրված
2014 Gold Derby Award Best Comedy Guest Actor Girls Առաջադրված
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Առաջադրված
2015 Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Replacement (Male) Hedwig and the Angry Inch Առաջադրված
2016 Hamilton Առաջադրված
2017 Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Falsettos Հաղթանակ
Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Առաջադրված
2021 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Black Monday Առաջադրված

See alsoԽմբագրել


  1. 1,0 1,1 1,2 1,3 1,4 1,5 Fischbach Bob (May 1, 2011)։ «He has drive — and now Broadway»։ Omaha World-Herald։ Արխիվացված է օրիգինալից 2014-04-07-ին։ Վերցված է April 6, 2014 
  2. 2,0 2,1 2,2 2,3 2,4 2,5 Taylor Aisha (February 11, 2014)։ «girl on guy 126: andrew rannells» (audio podcast)։ girl on guy։ Վերցված է April 6, 2014 
  3. Miller Bruce R. (2011)։ «'Nebraska native finds stardom in 'Book of Mormon'»։ Sioux City Journal։ Վերցված է December 23, 2011 
  4. Francke Warren (September 9, 2012)։ «Omaha's Andy Now in New Normal: Oompa-Loompa Before Mormon Missionary»։ The Reader (Omaha)։ Արխիվացված է օրիգինալից April 7, 2014-ին։ Վերցված է 6 April 2014 
  5. 5,0 5,1 Rapkin Mickey (June 9, 2011)։ «Q&A: The Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells»։ GQ։ Վերցված է April 14, 2013 
  6. Yi David (June 9, 2011)։ «'The Book of Mormon' star Andrew Rannells: college dropout turned actor gets suited up for the Tonys»։ NY Daily News։ Վերցված է December 23, 2011 
  7. Կաղապար:Cite Youtube
  8. Levitt Hayley (July 15, 2016)։ «Flashback Friday: When Andrew Rannells Helped Pokémon Meet Broadway»։ TheaterMania (en-US)։ Վերցված է November 9, 2019 
  9. Lazarus, Catie (26 November 2014), «Andrew Rannells On Touring With Pokemon | Employee of the Month» (անգլերեն), YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnw0BXKk8Ow, վերցված է 2019-11-09 .
  10. Broadway.com Staff (December 30, 2008)։ «Andrew Rannells Tapped to Play Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys»։ Broadway Buzz։ Broadway.com։ Վերցված է May 17, 2014 
  11. Brenner Wayne Alan (8 February 2002)։ «Hedwig and the Angry Inch»։ The Austin Chronicle 
  12. Faires Robert (October 4, 2002)։ «Articulations»։ The Austin Chronicle։ Վերցված է May 17, 2014 
  13. Truitt Brian (June 9, 2011)։ «Rannells relishes first Tony nomination»։ USA Today։ Վերցված է 6 April 2014 
  14. Pincus-Roth Zachary (April 27, 2007)։ «Foster, Cody, Cuccioli, Hoty and Goener Join Cape Playhouse Season»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  15. «New Musical Go Go Beach, Gets NYC Reading June 21-22»։ Playbill։ June 21, 2001։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  16. BWW News Desk։ «Andrew Rannells Is New Bob Gaudio In 'JERSEY BOYS' Starting 1/13»։ BroadwayWorld.com (անգլերեն)։ Վերցված է 2020-12-16 
  17. Hetrick Adam (June 6, 2012)։ «'Two By Two': Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells Will Be Succeeded By Jared Gertner and Nic Rouleau in Book of Mormon»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է 14 December 2020 
  18. Gans Andrew (August 10, 2012)։ «Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells Takes It Off in "Bachelorette" Film; Comedy Available on VOD Aug. 10»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է 14 December 2020 
  19. Goldberg Lesley (February 22, 2012)։ «'The Hangover Star Joins NBC's Ryan Murphy Comedy»։ The Hollywood Reporter։ Վերցված է February 28, 2011 
  20. Miller Bruce (November 24, 2012)։ «Andrew Rannells sends up boss in 'New Normal'»։ Sioux City Journal։ Վերցված է April 6, 2014 
  21. Lynch Matthew (April 28, 2011)։ «Andrew Rannells: Keeping the Faith»։ Women's Wear Daily։ Վերցված է February 28, 2011 
  22. Webber Imogen Lloyd (8 October 2015)։ «Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Will Step In for Jonathan Groff in Hamilton on Broadway»։ Broadway.com։ Վերցված է 2015-11-29 
  23. Paulson Michael (March 31, 2016)։ «'Falsettos' Revival Casts Its Leads: Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block»։ The New York Times։ Արխիվացված է օրիգինալից September 3, 2017-ին։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  24. Gans Andrew (27 October 2016)։ «Falsettos Revival, Starring Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells, Opens»։ Playbill 
  25. Hetrick Adam (29 December 2016)։ «13 Shows Close as Broadway Gears Up for a Packed Spring»։ Playbill 
  26. Tietjen Alexa (June 11, 2017)։ «Andrew Rannells on Coming Full Circle at the 2017 Tony Awards»։ WWD։ Վերցված է December 27, 2020 
  27. Iannucci Rebecca (2020-10-15)։ «Black Monday Renewed for Season 3»։ TVLine (en-US)։ Վերցված է 2020-11-24 
  28. Lefkowitz Andy (25 June 2019)։ «The Prom Film to Star Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells & Nicole Kidman»։ Broadway.com (անգլերեն)։ Վերցված է 15 December 2020 
  29. Brenner Joanna։ «Andrew Rannells's New Memoir Is All About the Perks of Being a Late Bloomer»։ Vanity Fair (en-us)։ Վերցված է 2020-11-24 
  30. Jones Daniel (2021-08-13)։ «What Did He Think of Our Night Together?»։ The New York Times (en-US)։ ISSN 0362-4331։ Վերցված է 2021-08-14 
  31. Rannells Andrew (2017-07-28)։ «During a Night of Casual Sex, Urgent Messages Go Unanswered»։ The New York Times (en-US)։ ISSN 0362-4331։ Վերցված է 2021-08-14 
  32. Siegel Miranda (May 29, 2012)։ «Andrew Rannells on His Girls Character, Slapping Marnie, and His New Ryan Murphy Show»։ Vulture-New York։ Վերցված է October 26, 2012 
  33. Martin Denise (January 29, 2013)։ «Andrew Rannells: The Boy Scout With the Dirty Mouth»։ Vulture-New York։ Վերցված է April 6, 2014 
  34. «Andrew Rannells and Tuc Watkins Make Their Relationship 'Instagram Official'»։ Towleroad Gay News (en-US)։ 2019-09-22։ Վերցված է 2020-01-12 
  35. 35,0 35,1 Broverman Neal (2020-10-01)։ «Andrew Rannells and Tuc Watkins: The Couple That Plays Together»։ www.out.com (անգլերեն)։ Վերցված է 2020-10-16 
  36. Rudolph Christopher (8 March 2018)։ «Shania Twain, "Broad City" Stars And More Join The Judges' Panel On "Drag Race" Season 10»։ www.newnownext.com 
  37. «Andrew Rannells in Concert». Live from Lincoln Center: Stars in Concert. Season 1. 2018. PBS. https://www.pbs.org/live-from-lincoln-center/home/. 
  38. 38,0 38,1 38,2 38,3 «Andrew Rannells»։ Behind the Voice Actors։ Վերցված է 16 September 2018 
  39. «The Tallest Man I Ever Loved | With Andrew Rannells»։ www.wbur.org (անգլերեն)։ Վերցված է 2021-03-13 
  40. Jones Kenneth (December 2, 2004)։ «Hai-Ya! It's Karate, Kid!, Hick-Kicking New Musical Spoof, Premieres in NYC Dec. 2-18»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  41. Joy Cara (November 11, 2005)։ «Andrew Rannells to Star as Hairspray's Next Link Larkin»։ Broadway.com։ Վերցված է 2014-05-18 
  42. Jones Kenneth (September 6, 2005)։ «John Pinette Slips Into Edna's Housecoat in Broadway's Hairspray Sept. 6»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  43. BWW News Desk։ «Andrew Rannells to Take Over as Link in Hairspray, Nov. 15»։ BroadwayWorld.com (անգլերեն)։ Վերցված է 2021-07-27 
  44. Jones Kenneth (October 8, 2006)։ «NAMT's Festival of New Musicals, a Vital Marketplace for New Shows, Plays NYC Oct. 8-9»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  45. Aradi Cathi (March 3, 2008)։ «JBB EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Andrew Rannells!»։ jerseyboysblog.com։ Վերցված է 2014-05-18 
  46. Hernandez Ernio (November 8, 2007)։ «Jersey Boys Cast Announced for San Francisco Return»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  47. Gans Andrew (October 20, 2008)։ «Jersey Boys Extends Toronto Run Through February 2009; New Canadian Cast Expected»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  48. Gans Andrew (December 29, 2008)։ «Hairspray's Rannells Will Join Broadway's Jersey Boys in January»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  49. Gans Andrew (July 14, 2009)։ «Arcelus Returns to Jersey Boys Cast July 14»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  50. Gans Andrew (April 7, 2010)։ «Paper Mill's Smokey Joe's Cafe, with Finley, Rannells, Summers, Begins April 7»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  51. Liner Elaine (January 28, 2010)։ «The Dallas Theater Center's World Premiere, Give It Up! Asks The Audience To Give Up More Than Two And A Half Hours To Its Redbull-buzzed Idiocy»։ Dallas Observer։ Վերցված է December 30, 2017 
  52. Hetrick Adam (January 22, 2010)։ «Give It Up!, Beane and Flinn's Musical Battle of the Sexes, Opens in Dallas Jan. 22»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  53. Clement Olivia (December 15, 2017)։ «The Leftovers Charlie Carver Joins Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, and More for Broadway's The Boys in the Band»։ Playbill։ Վերցված է August 16, 2021 
  54. «Vote Now! Hamilton Breaks Record for Most Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations»։ Broadway.com։ April 29, 2016 

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