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Andrew Scott Rannells (born August 23, 1978) is an American actor, voice actor, and singer. Rannells was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. As a featured soloist on the musical's original Broadway cast recording, he 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, Hamilton, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jersey Boys, and The Boys in the Band.
Rannells at the PaleyFest 2015
Andrew Scott Rannells
(1978-08-23) August 23, 1978 (age 40)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Education||Creighton Preparatory School|
|Alma mater||Marymount Manhattan College|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, singer|
|Known for||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, voice actor, and singer.
Rannells was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. As a featured soloist on the musical's original Broadway cast recording, he 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, Hamilton, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jersey Boys, and The Boys in the Band.
Rannells was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Charlotte and Ronald Rannells. He is the fourth of five siblings, with three sisters and an older brother. His ancestry is Polish and Irish.
Rannells attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school in Omaha, and then Creighton Preparatory School, an all-boys Roman Catholic school in Omaha. His family lived in the Hanscom Park neighborhood in Omaha.
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.
Rannells was 11 when he did his first play. He did community theater with fellow Omahan and Creighton Prep alumnus Conor Oberst. He did voice-over work and commercials, including a 1996 Grease spoof with Amy Adams.
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.
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 small number of video games, "Kirby" and "Sonic the Hedgehog."
For his turn as Hedwig at the Zachary Scott Theater Center in Austin, Texas, in 2002, he won 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. 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 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. The musical ran from October 27, 2016 (with previews beginning September 29), to January 8, 2017.
Rannells is openly gay. Rannells has said he knew he was gay since high school. 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 at his all-boys Catholic school. He lives in New York City after temporarily moving to Los Angeles to film The New Normal.
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Wedding Chorus|
|2016||Why Him?||Blaine Pederman|
|2018||A Simple Favor||Darren|
|1995–97||Street Sharks||Streex, Shrimp Louie (voices)||Lead role|
|1999||Archie's Weird Mysteries||Archie Andrews (voice)||Lead role|
|2000||Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters||Mako Tsunami, Noah Kaiba, Leon von Schroeder/Leon Wilson (voices: English dub)||Recurring roles|
|2001||Shaman King||Len Tao (voice, English dub)||Lead role|
|2002||Ultimate Muscle||Additional voices||Recurring role|
|2002||Knight Hunters Eternity||Toudou Hijiri|
|2002||Tokyo Mew Mew||Dren, Wesley J. Coolridge III (voices: English dub)||Lead role|
|2002||Liberty's Kids||Alexander Hamilton||Guest voice|
|2003–06||Sonic X||Narrator, Decoe, Bokkun, additional voices||Recurring role|
|2003–09||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Additional voices||Recurring role|
|2004||One Piece||Young Roronoa Zoro (voice, 4Kids English dub)||Guest role|
|2005||Yu-Gi-Oh! GX||Wheeler the Chimpanzee, Belowski, Additional voices||Recurring role|
|2012–17||Girls||Elijah Krantz||Recurring role (season 1–3)|
Main role (season 4–6)
|2012–13||The New Normal||Bryan Collins||Lead role|
|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||The Simpsons||Himself (voice)||Episode: "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back"|
|2016||Another Period||Bertram Harrison Fusselforth VII||3 episodes|
|2016–18||Sofia the First||Morris / Skye (voice)||5 episodes|
|2016||Drunk History||John A. Roebling||Episode: "Landmarks"|
|2017–18||Welcome to the Wayne||Andrei (voice)||4 episodes|
|2017–18||Big Mouth||Matthew (voice)||16 episodes|
|2017||Vampirina||King Peppy (voice)||Episode: "The Plant Predicament/Mummy Mayhem"|
|2017||Will & Grace||Reggie||Episode: "Grandpa Jack"|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race||Himself (guest judge)||Episode 8 (season 10)|
|2018||Bob's Burgers||Hayden (voice)||Episode: "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now"|
|2018||The Romanoffs||David Patton||Episode: "Bright and High Circle"|
|2019||Black Monday||Blair Pfaff||Main role|
|2004||Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum||Mako Tsunami|
|2005||Shadow the Hedgehog||various|
|2016||Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links||Mako Tsunami|
|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|
|2010||Lysistrata Jones||Michelangelo "Mick" Jackson||Originated role|
|2011||The Book of Mormon||Elder Kevin Price||Originated role|
|2014||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig||Replacement|
|2015||Hamilton||King George III||Temporary five-week replacement for Jonathan Groff
(Oct 27, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015)
|2016||Falsettos||Whizzer Brown||Broadway revival|
|2018||The Boys in the Band||Larry||Broadway|
|2011||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||The Book of Mormon||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|2012||Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Won|
|2013||OFTA Award||Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Girls||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest Actor||Nominated|
|Dorian Awards||Rising Star||Nominated|
|2014||Gold Derby Award||Best Comedy Guest Actor||Girls||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2015||Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Replacement (Male)||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Nominated|
|2017||Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical||Falsettos||Won|
|Tony Award||Best Performance by Featured Actor in a Musical||Nominated|