All Hail the King! 10 Reasons to Love HAMILTON-Bound Andrew Rannells
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Tony Award-nominee Andrew Rannells will reign as King George October 27 to November 29 in Hamilton on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 W. 46 St). Mr. Rannells steps into the role while Tony Award-nominee Jonathan Groff - who joined the cast last spring at The Public Theater - takes a pre-negotiated one-month leave to film HBO's "Looking" movie. Groff returns to the Hamilton stage on December 1.
Andrew Rannells - currently appearing in the new film The Intern - originated the role of Elder Price on Broadway in THE BOOK OF MORMON, receiving Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations. Rannells starred as Hedwig in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH last season on Broadway. He returns this year for the 5th season on HBO's comedy series "Girls," having been nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Previously, Mr. Rannells starred as Bryan Collins in Ryan Murphy's series "The New Normal" for NBC, and he will next be seen on season two of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" for Cinemax.
With just weeks until his takeover, we can't help but freak out about his Broadway return. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you just a few reasons to get just as excited!
1. He's a HI-larious comedic actor.
2. He has vocal chords of steel.
Have you ever heard Andrew give a less-than-stellar vocal performance? We sure haven't!
3. He's just as entertaining on the big and small screen.
Andrew has made a name for himself even outside of the theatre community, starring in 'Bachelorette' and 'The New Normal' as well as his Critics Choice nominated performance on 'Girls.'
4. He has a great sense of humor.
Andrew's NBC show 'The New Normal' was cancelled, but despite the bad news, he was still able to laugh about it, taking part in one of the most memorable performances of the 2013 Tony Awards.
5. He has worked hard to get where he is.
Andrew didn't just wake up one day a Broadway leading man. He paid his dues performing at various regional theatres before making his Broadway debut as 'Fender' and later 'Link' in Hairspray.
6. He's just as skilled off camera.
Before making it big in New York, Andrew did a lot of voiceover work in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. He later lent his voice to several television programs and video games, such as Yu-Gi-Oh!.
7. He keeps his fans in the loop.
Sorry for all the rapid tweets, folks! I'm just too excited about joining @HamiltonMusical ! I will take excellent care of your wigs, Groff.- Andrew Rannells (@AndrewRannells) October 8, 2015
8. Have we mentioned that we could listen to him sing for days?
9. He's got guts.
Not just anyone would be willing to step into Neil Patrick Harris' heels after his Tony-winning run in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. And now he's about to do it again, taking over a role that got Jonathan Groff rave reviews.
10. But we know he'll be awesome!
We can't wait for your reign to start at the Richard Rodgers, Andrew!