Andrew Rannells has been ping-ponging between theatre, film, and television for a few years now. Having earned a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, Rannells went on to star in the short-lived pilot The New Normal, a recurring role on the hit HBO series Girls, and a movie role alongside Anne Hathaway in The Intern.
As he tells Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on The Today Show, he’d kept a foot on the stage replacing Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and temporarily stepping in for Jonathan Groff in Hamilton, but the current revival of Falsettos marks a more substantial return to Rannells’ home turf.
“I did miss Broadway,” saying that despite the shorter stage stints, “I’ve not gotten to do a full run of a show, so this is very exciting to get to be back.”
“It’s a really unique show, and it’s one I fell in love with. I saw it on the Tony Awards in 1992 when I was at home in Omaha, Nebraska, and had very little access to Broadway, but the Tonys were the window to that and they performed a number,” said Rannells. “I completely fell in love with the show, so it’s very strange to be able to do it now with the director James Lapine, who also wrote the book to the musical….”
In terms of switching from camera to stage, Rannells said “there’s definitely a muscle memory, particularly with memorizing songs.”
The actor also discussed his time in Hamilton and the final season of Girls airing in 2017. Past the limited run of Falsettos (ending in January 2017), Rannells has not announced future projects.