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August 14, 2014

John Cameron Mitchell says Rannells is 'so ebullient and he's so sweet' while Harris performed role as 'mean goth girl'

Neil Patrick Harris will complete his Tony Award winning run as a transgender rocker in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sunday (17 August) with Andrew Rannells stepping into the role three days later.

Will there be a big difference?

The author of the show's book, John Cameron Mitchell, thinks there might be.

Mitchell, who played the title role in the film version that he also wrote and directed, describes Rannells as 'so ebullient and he's so sweet, everyone loves working with him.

July 19, 2014

Actor takes over for Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris next month

Andrew Rannells is getting ready for his close-up as Hedwig.

Broadway's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch released its first image of Rannells in character as the transsexual punk rocker.

A Tony nominee for The Book of Mormon, Rannells takes over the title role from Neil Patrick Harris on 20 August.

He has some mighty high heeled footsteps to follow in a production that in June won the Tony Award for best revival of a musical.

July 19, 2014

Actor takes over for Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris next month

Andrew Rannells is getting ready for his close-up as Hedwig.

Broadway's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch released its first image of Rannells in character as the transsexual punk rocker.

A Tony nominee for The Book of Mormon, Rannells takes over the title role from Neil Patrick Harris on 20 August.

He has some mighty high heeled footsteps to follow in a production that in June won the Tony Award for best revival of a musical.

June 17, 2014

'After August, I'll be all up in waffles'

For his Broadway role as a gaunt transgender punk rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris is thinner than at any time in his adult life.

The sacrifice has paid off for the star who has been a commercial and critical smash and last week won a Tony Award for his performance.

So what does he want to do when he ends his run as Hedwig in August and Andrew Rannells takes over the role?

June 13, 2014

Tony winning production will extend its Broadway run through October with a new star

The plan was for Hedwig and the Angry Inch to end its Broadway run in August when star Neil Patrick Harris is scheduled to leave the show he has headlined since April.

But following Tony Award wins this week for best revival of a musical and best actor in a musical, producers have decided to keep the show running through October.

To do so, the have chosen a new star: Andrew Rannells, according to the show's Twitter account.

June 13, 2014

Tony winning production will extend its Broadway run through October with a new star

The plan was for Hedwig and the Angry Inch to end its Broadway run in August when star Neil Patrick Harris is scheduled to leave the show he has headlined since April.

But following Tony Award wins this week for best revival of a musical and best actor in a musical, producers have decided to keep the show running through October.

To do so, the have chosen a new star: Andrew Rannells, according to the show's Twitter account.

March 18, 2014

Out actor says: ‘I gotta represent with some gay sex on the show. I’m willing!'

Andrew Rannells knows what he wants for his character of Elijah in the fourth season of HBO's Girls.

He wants sex.

The openly gay actor was able to return to the series for part of season three after NBC canceled his sitcom The New Normal in which he played one-half of a gay couple expecting a baby via surrogate.

His Girls character is far less domestic.

When asked this week what viewers can expect in the next season Rannells teased that 'I might be not dressed in it.'

March 18, 2014

Out actor says: ‘I gotta represent with some gay sex on the show. I’m willing!'

Andrew Rannells knows what he wants for his character of Elijah in the fourth season of HBO's Girls.

He wants sex.

The openly gay actor was able to return to the series for part of season three after NBC canceled his sitcom The New Normal in which he played one-half of a gay couple expecting a baby via surrogate.

His Girls character is far less domestic.

When asked this week what viewers can expect in the next season Rannells teased that 'I might be not dressed in it.'

January 24, 2014

Andrew Rannells, Jonathan Groff, Harvey Fierstein and Michael Urie among those making powerful musical statement in Love and Punishment

With a cast that could rival a Tony Awards telecast in terms of star wattage, some of Broadway's biggest stars use their talent in a new video to make a statement against Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

In the video, the Russian government cites the propaganda law in outlawing theatrical performances on 'The Great Red Way.'

The Russian Broadway community responds in the only way they know how - they put on a show called Love and Punishment.

December 11, 2013

Adam Lambert, Fergie, Andrew Rannells, Kathy Griffin, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and others turn out

Adam Lambert was the star attraction and one the last to arrive on a busy red carpet outside the Hollywood Palladium where Trevor Live, an evening with comedy and music, took place on Sunday evening (8 December).

Others whipping the photographers and fans into a frenzy included Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel, Andrew Rannells, host Kathy Griffin, Cheyenne Jackson, and a large contingent of Glee cast members Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera, Alex Newell, Dot-Marie Jones, Blake Jenner, and Amber Riley.

December 11, 2013

Adam Lambert, Fergie, Andrew Rannells, Kathy Griffin, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and others turn out

Adam Lambert was the star attraction and one the last to arrive on a busy red carpet outside the Hollywood Palladium where Trevor Live, an evening with comedy and music, took place on Sunday evening (8 December).

Others whipping the photographers and fans into a frenzy included Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel, Andrew Rannells, host Kathy Griffin, Cheyenne Jackson, and a large contingent of Glee cast members Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera, Alex Newell, Dot-Marie Jones, Blake Jenner, and Amber Riley.

May 11, 2013

Show focused on gay couple having a baby with surrogate mother

NBC on Friday (10 May) cancelled its gay-themed comedy The New Normal after one season.

Ratings never really took off for the Ryan Murphy-produced show which sometimes had storylines that reflected real life with marriage equality currently a front-burner issue in the US.

May 11, 2013

Show focused on gay couple having a baby with surrogate mother

NBC on Friday (10 May) cancelled its gay-themed comedy The New Normal after one season.

Ratings never really took off for the Ryan Murphy-produced show which sometimes had storylines that reflected real life with marriage equality currently a front-burner issue in the US.

March 25, 2013

Justin Bartha's character's membership revoked for 'homosexual conduct'

The New Normal, the NBC comedy about a gay couple starting a family, is airing an episode this week (26 March) that focuses on the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members and leaders.

The episode has the character of David, a gay physician  played by Justin Bartha, volunteering to help out a friend by chaperoning an overnight scouts camping trip.

He agrees to participate despite the concern his TV executive hubby Bryan (Andrew Rannells) who is concerned about the BSA's anti-gay ban.

February 11, 2013

'I say live your own life however you want to live it, I say love who you want'

Stars like Darren Criss, Andrew Rannells and the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills got all the red carpet attention Saturday (9 February) at the Family Equality Council's awards dinner in Los Angeles as honoree Chris Kluwe slipped by virtually unnoticed.

But by the end of evening, everyone was talking about NFL player Kluwe whose visibility as an LGBT activist grew exponentially last September when he blasted Maryland Assembly Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. in a withering, profanity-laced letter.

January 12, 2013

'I personally have never had sex with a woman'

He's played a gay man on stage in The Book of Mormon and plays a gay man on TV in The New Normal.

But on HBO's Girls, Andrew Rannells is playing a character who is wondering if he might be bisexual instead of gay.

Off screen, Rannells does no such wondering.

'I personally have never had sex with a woman,' he tells New York magazine’s Vulture blog. 'I’m more of what you call gold-star gay. I’m purebred.'

January 12, 2013

'I personally have never had sex with a woman'

He's played a gay man on stage in The Book of Mormon and plays a gay man on TV in The New Normal.

But on HBO's Girls, Andrew Rannells is playing a character who is wondering if he might be bisexual instead of gay.

Off screen, Rannells does no such wondering.

'I personally have never had sex with a woman,' he tells New York magazine’s Vulture blog. 'I’m more of what you call gold-star gay. I’m purebred.'

December 27, 2012

Television guru also produces The New Normal and American Horror Story

The premise of the NBC comedy The New Normal is a gay couple played by Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) planning to welcome their first child into the world.

On Christmas Day (25 December), the show's co-creator Ryan Murphy and his husband David Miller beat the fictional couple to the delivery room when they became the parents of a son.

The couple sent the birth announcement out to friends via email, according to E!Online.

December 26, 2012

Anderson Cooper, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells among those who came out rather casually then moved on

Ellen DeGeneres got a Time magazine cover when she came out as a lesbian in 1997. A decade or so later, Lance Bass got a People magazine when he announced to the world that he was a gay man and so did Clay Aiken a short time after that.

But in 2o12, several high-profile celebrities came out as gay and didn't find themselves at the center of a media frenzy. Among them: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Emmy winning actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), and Broadway star-turned TV actor Andrew Rannells (The New Normal).

December 26, 2012

Anderson Cooper, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells among those who came out rather casually then moved on

Ellen DeGeneres got a Time magazine cover when she came out as a lesbian in 1997. A decade or so later, Lance Bass got a People magazine when he announced to the world that he was a gay man and so did Clay Aiken a short time after that.

But in 2o12, several high-profile celebrities came out as gay and didn't find themselves at the center of a media frenzy. Among them: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Emmy winning actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), and Broadway star-turned TV actor Andrew Rannells (The New Normal).

December 26, 2012

Gay actor and fellow sitcom star Josh Gad find out they have a lot in common

Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad appeared in Broadway's The Book of Mormon together in New York then went their separate ways.

Now both are in Los Angeles where Rannells is one of the stars of the NBC hit comedy The New Normal and Gad has been cast as the son of the president of the US in the NBC sitcom 1600 Penn which premieres next month.

In this Funny of Die video parody, Gad is really happy to reconnect with Rannells - so much so that he becomes something of a stalker!

Rannells is understandably creeped out!

December 26, 2012

Gay actor and fellow sitcom star Josh Gad find out they have a lot in common

Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad appeared in Broadway's The Book of Mormon together in New York then went their separate ways.

Now both are in Los Angeles where Rannells is one of the stars of the NBC hit comedy The New Normal and Gad has been cast as the son of the president of the US in the NBC sitcom 1600 Penn which premieres next month.

In this Funny of Die video parody, Gad is really happy to reconnect with Rannells - so much so that he becomes something of a stalker!

Rannells is understandably creeped out!

November 16, 2012

But Anderson Cooper conspiciously absent from annual list this time around

Back in 2007, Anderson Cooper was still five years away from coming out publicly as a gay man.

But that didn't stop the editors of Out Magazine from featuring his image on the cover of its annual Out 100 issue alongside an image of Jodie Foster who has remained virtually silent about her sexuality.

November 16, 2012

But Anderson Cooper conspiciously absent from annual list this time around

Back in 2007, Anderson Cooper was still five years away from coming out publicly as a gay man.

But that didn't stop the editors of Out Magazine from featuring his image on the cover of its annual Out 100 issue alongside an image of Jodie Foster who has remained virtually silent about her sexuality.