Andrew Rannells on Broadway shutdown, ‘The Boys In The Band’

The multi-talented actor talks about the film adaptation of the acclaimed stage play.
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Transcript for Andrew Rannells on Broadway shutdown, ‘The Boys In The Band’
What? Give Michael the gift. Oh, here. Louder so my mother in Philadelphia can hear you. You're standing there in a trance. Was I? You both know Donald, don't you? Nice to meet you. I'm sorry. I thought you met. We haven't exactly met, but we -- Hi. But you what? But what? That was a scene from "The boys in the band" first revived on Broadway in 2018. Now for Netflix starring Andrew Rannells who is reprising his role along with the rest of the cast. He starred in the book of Mormon, Hamilton and falsettos. He's here to tell us all about his new film. Andrew, we're so excited to have you with us today. I'm a huge fan. I sat there and watched you in "Book of Mormon" and followed your career. You obviously have an incredibly impressive Broadway resume. So many of us, the actors especially, are so sad about what's happening obviously with covid-19. I'm curious how you and your community of Broadway actors are feeling and doing with all we've had to deal with. It's a very resilient community. It's something I've been amazed and proud to be a part of. We're used to rolling with the punches here. This is certainly the biggest challenge, I think at least in my lifetime, that Broadway has faced. You know, I think everybody is optimistic there will be a day it will come back. It feels like a big piece of the city is missing that that doesn't exist. Amy, I feel like we have so many friends in common. Yes, we do. My friend SHAWN Dooley. I always see you on his Instagram. I'm like there's Andrew. Wait a second. Thank you for being such a big supporter of musical theater and theater in general. It's always -- means a lot. Always near and dear to my heart. You're just the star I can't wait to see back on stage. I think T.J. Wants to talk to you now. Let's get to "Boys in the band," if we can. This is getting the band back together. You have the same cast from Broadway doing this on Netflix. Was that a no brainer? Difficult to pull off? To get the exact same cast, everybody is on board. Ryan Murphy, our executive producer and Joe mantello our director had that plan in their head when we were doing the revival. It was a great book end. Mark crawly wrote the book and the play, who unfortunately passed away last year, he got to in 1968 used that entire cast in 1970 in the original film. It felt like a very special legacy to continue to be a part of, that we all got to come back and reprise these roles. At that point -- we were filming this last summer. We're all super close now. It was just so much fun to get to hang out and laugh with those boys. You mentioned you and the cast got super close. There was one person in particular you got super close with, your boyfriend. Amy! You play a couple that's constantly bickering. I'm curious if you get it all out there or bring it home? What was it like to play that all out? It was weird falling in love with someone while having to have that dynamic on stage every night of not getting along and being very jealous and being very toxic with each other. The other weird thing in terms of being an actor, the first time I ever kissed tuck was for work. It was for my job. Research. Very odd. I don't know what the hr department would say about that. But there we were. There we were. It's nice to see that love blossomed on the set and off. Andrew Rannells, we want to thank you so much for being with you made us laugh. My face still hurts from smiling so much. I'll see you on Instagram. See you on gram. The boys in the band is available on Netflix.

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