May 13, 2021

Andrew Rannells on Coming Full Circle at the 2017 Tony Awards

It was May 1992 and Glenn Close was holding court at New York City’s Gershwin Theatre. The cast of “Falsettos” had just performed a medley, and a teenage Andrew Rannells was hooked. Hours before, he had no idea what the Tony Awards even were. But thankfully for him, his mother did.
“She told me, ‘This is the show that’s going to be on tonight and it’s all the Broadway shows,’” Rannells recalls. “It’s a strange, humbling experience to get to be there [this year] representing [‘Falsettos’] because my first exposure to the Tony Awards was the year that they performed.”
Previously nominated in 2011 for his role as Elder Price in “The Book of Mormon,” Rannells is up for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Whizzer in the 2016 revival of “Falsettos.” The Friday before the big night, he spends the morning in rehearsals, but takes the afternoon to relax in his apartment — and try on his tuxedo once more.
“The morning that the nominations came out, I woke up and I watched them on television,” he says from his living room. “It’s a very exciting morning and I was anxious and hopeful that

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