Andrew Rannells is back on our screens in The Prom – a production from Ryan Murphy.
Now streaming on Netflix, The Prom boasts an all-star cast and is worth adding to your watch-list.
The Prom is a film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name.
In The Prom, Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands – their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers.
Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak – despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose).
When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift.
But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
The cast of The Prom also includes Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Logan Riley, Nico Greetham, Sofia Deler, and Nathaniel J. Potvin.
The Boys In The Band
More than fifty years after Mart Crowley’s play put gay men’s lives centre stage, The Boys In The Band now has a new film adaptation. It’s worth watching – not least because it gives us Andrew Rannells being sexy and sassy.
This film adaptation reunites the team from the Tony-winning 2018 Broadway production. Director Joe Mantello is once again in charge, with his cast of Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins.
What’s The Boys In The Band about?
Set in New York City in 1968 – when being gay was still considered to be best kept behind closed doors – a group of friends gather for a birthday party hosted by Michael (Jim Parsons), a screenwriter who spends and drinks too much, in honour of the sharp-dressed and sharp-tongued Harold (Zachary Quinto).
Other party-goers include Donald (Matt Bomer), Michael’s former flame, now mired in self-analysis; Larry (Andrew Rannells), a sexed-up commercial artist living with Hank (Tuc Watkins), a school teacher who has just left his wife; Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington), a librarian tiptoeing around fraught codes of friendship alongside Emory (Robin de Jesús), a decorator who never holds back; and a guileless hustler (Charlie Carver), hired to be Harold’s gift for the night.
What begins as an evening of drinks and laughs gets upended when Alan (Brian Hutchison), Michael’s straight-laced college roommate, shows up unexpectedly and each man is challenged to confront long-buried truths that threaten the foundation of the group’s tight bond.
The Boys In The Band is now available on Netflix
Who is Andrew Rannells?
Born in 1978, Rannells was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
As a child, Rannells took theatre and performed in community theatre productions.
In 1997, after finishing high school, Rannells moved to New York City. He studied theatre in Manhattan and began auditioning for roles.
Before winning his first Broadway role, Rannells had parts in a number of regional theatre productions, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Miss Saigon, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
In 2006, Rannells won the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray. This was his first Broadway show – his big break.
From there, Rannells joined the national tour of Jersey Boys, playing the role of Bob Gaudio. He also played the role in the Broadway production.
Rannells originated the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon – a role that he played until June 2012. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his work on The Book of Mormon.
Beyond theatre, Rannells has also played a number of roles in both film and television productions – most notably The New Normal, and Girls.
Rannells has talked publicly about his sexuality, and identifies as a gay man.
He’s in a relationship with Tuc Watkins – who also stars as his on-screen partner in The Boys in the Band.