Andrew Rannells Recites a Poem to Get Out the Vote on Late Night

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The Tony nominee talked about performing on election night, his role in Falsettos, and a message for all voters.
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In the slew of appearances by Broadway talent on late-night shows, FalsettosAndrew Rannells appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers November 7. Decidedly pro-Clinton, Rannells talked about how one day there was a crew member walking around backstage in a Trump 2016 T-shirt. “[It's] like super bold if you’re working on a Broadway musical,” said Rannells, “and then he was just like gone. I’m not positive, but I think it was like the gay mafia came in…. He just disappeared.”

But, typically, at least at the Walter Kerr Theatre, where Falsettos is playing, the crew and the cast are one happy company—like during the World Series. The crew watched the games in the theatre basement throughout the show. “They also know most of the lyrics to our show, so they were like talking about the game but also singing along with us, so it’s just a beautiful little utopia at our theatre of the straight crew people and us!” Rannells tells the full story here.

Rannells plays Whizzer in the current revival of Falsettos, also starring Christian Borle and Stephanie J. Block. The actor admits that he feels happy when he hears crying in the audience because it’s a sign of a job well done. He also recalled talking to Anthony Rosenthal, who makes his Broadway debut as the young Jason, about how gays used to be treated in the time period of the show.

Falsettos will be working through election night. The two joked that they hoped the audience would be crying because of the show and not the results.

Rannells left viewers with his version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, retitled ‘Twas the Night Before the Election.
He begins:

‘Twas the Night Before the Election
and all through the U.S.
Everybody was anxious
Everybody was stressed
The ballot were ready
The booths were set up
But the voters were honestly kind of fed up.

Watch the full clip here.

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