Andrew Rannells, July 2011
|Born||Andrew Scott Rannells
August 23, 1978
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Education||Creighton Preparatory School|
|Alma mater||Marymount Manhattan College|
|Known for||Elder Price,
The Book of Mormon
|Television||The New Normal
|Awards||Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album
The Book of Mormon
Andrew Scott Rannells (born August 23, 1978) is an American actor and singer. He is perhaps best known for his work as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. As a featured soloist on the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording, he won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. His other Broadway credits include Jersey Boys and Hairspray. He most recently portrayed the title character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch replacing Neil Patrick Harris, who originated the role in the 2014 Broadway revival at the Belasco Theatre.
Rannells was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Charlotte Rannells and the late Ronald Rannells. Rannell's father had a heart attack very suddenly in 2001 when Rannells was 22. He is the fourth of five siblings, with three sisters and an older brother. His family has an Irish and Polish background.
As a child Rannells 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. Rannells was 11 when he did his first play. He did community theater with Conor Oberst. Rannells also did voice-over work and commercials, including a 1996 Grease spoof with Amy Adams.
For about three years, from 2001–04, he worked with 4Kids Entertainment, a New York City animation production company, where his Omaha voice-over work served him well. He also directed a couple of video games, "Kirby" and "Sonic the Hedgehog."
As a voice actor, Rannells appeared in several 4Kids and DiC television programs and video games, such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Before winning his first Broadway role, Rannells took part in a number of regional theater productions, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Miss Saigon, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. For his turn as Hedwig at the Zachary Scott Theater Center in Austin, Texas, in 2002, Rannells was nominated for and won for best actor in a musical at the B. Iden Payne Awards in September 2002, which honor outstanding achievements in Austin theater. In 2006, he won the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray. This was his first Broadway show, what he considers his big break. Rannells followed this with some regional performances.
Rannells 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.
Rannells 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 and Jeff Marx. 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.
Rannells is of Polish and Irish descent, and he is openly gay. He knew he was gay by high school. Rannells said he came out to his family when he was 18, but by then they had already figured it out. He also came out to his theater friends but not the people at his all-boys Catholic school. Rannells currently lives in New York City after temporarily re-locating to Los Angeles to do The New Normal.
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Wedding Chorus|
|1994–95||Street Sharks||Streex||Lead role|
|2012–present||Girls||Elijah Krantz||Recurring role (season 1–3)
Main role (season 4–present)
|2012–13||The New Normal||Bryan Collins||Lead role|
|2013–14||How I Met Your Mother||Darren||2 episodes|
|2005||Hairspray||Fender, Link Larkin||Replacement roles|
|2006||The 60's Project||Performer||Chester, CT (Regional): World Premiere|
|2007||Jersey Boys||Bob Gaudio||US Tour: 1st National Tour, replacement role|
|2011||The Book of Mormon||Elder Price||Originated role|
|2014||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig||Replacement|
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- Andrew Rannells at the Internet Movie Database
- Andrew Rannells at the Internet Broadway Database
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