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  • -Looking sharp, as always. -Look how handsome you are.

  • Look at your cute suit.

  • -Thank you again for doing the at-home show.

  • -Oh, my God. It was great.

  • -When we first started, I was like -- We were just kind of --

  • We didn't know what we were doing, and you showed up,

  • and that was awesome that you did that.

  • -Well, I loved doing it, so thanks for having me.

  • -You're back in New York. -I'm back in New York. Yeah.

  • -How does it feel? -It was good.

  • That was the longest stretch I've worked

  • in Los Angeles was like --

  • It was about nine months I was there,

  • 'cause we did "Boys in the Band" and then I did "Black Monday"

  • and then I went right into "The Prom."

  • So it was lot of L.A. time, but it's nice to be back.

  • -Yeah. -It's very nice to be home.

  • -I know you came back and you did a --

  • You did a very cool thing with some of your

  • fellow Broadway stars.

  • You sang a song from "Sunday in the Park with George"

  • on the big red steps in Times Square.

  • Honestly, I saw this, and you can't help

  • but get emotional, because you go like --

  • You're used to seeing it packed with thousands of people.

  • -And, you know, a lot of those people were friends.

  • You know, we've worked together.

  • You know, we've been friends for a long time.

  • And it was also the first time we had seen each other.

  • So that was a lot.

  • And then -- But, you know, it's sad to be in that neighborhood

  • and see all of those empty theaters.

  • And I think it was just something

  • that we could sort of come together and do as a community

  • just to say like, "We're not going anywhere.

  • We will be back when it is, like, safe and possible."

  • -Yes, you will. That's right. -And we'll be --

  • You know, we'll come back.

  • And, you know, anytime I get to hang out with

  • Bernadette Peters, who I just have, like,

  • zero game face around,

  • so I am such a creep.

  • Like, she was there, and, you know,

  • she's, like, a wee little person.

  • -She's so tiny and perfect, yeah.

  • -And I just, like, go charging up to her and I'm like,

  • "Hey, Bernadette!"

  • And, like, make her stand next to me.

  • And we're in the middle of a pandemic.

  • And I had, like, my arm around her.

  • -Yeah, and you have a Southern voice all of a sudden.

  • She's like, "Maybe back up, Rannells."

  • -Yeah. "Hey, Bernadette!" -Hey!

  • Big fan of you in all your movies.

  • -You start doing "Annie Get Your Gun."

  • Yeah, yeah. -Yeah. I don't know.

  • I just lose my mind. I have no game face around her.

  • -I heard this story that when you wanted to be --

  • At one point before you were Broadway actor,

  • you wanted to be Zack Morris.

  • -Well, who didn't? -I know. That's true.

  • But how far did you go?

  • -Well, I just tried to do --

  • You know, I would watch that show and, like, you know,

  • try to dress like him, so, you know, my hair was, like,

  • all Sun In'ed out.

  • And then, like, I had -- You know,

  • I would wear, like, slouch blazers.

  • But I ended up looking like, you know,

  • Paula Poundstone.

  • I didn't look like --

  • -Suspenders and a tie?

  • -Yeah, I'm, like -- -Oh, my God.

  • -Sleeves shoved up on my blazer.

  • So, yeah, I didn't really get very far,

  • 'cause I fought my "type," I think, a lot

  • when I first moved to New York as young actor.

  • Like, I really wanted to be in "Rent."

  • I thought it was, like -- "Rent" was, like,

  • the biggest show on Broadway at the time.

  • And it was the first show I had seen on Broadway

  • and then was the first show I got to audition for,

  • so I was like, "Oh, I'm totally going to get this."

  • But if you're familiar with "Rent,"

  • it's about, like, dirty people

  • who live in the East Village,

  • and I look like a confirmation Precious Moment cake topper.

  • Like, I was not -- No one was buying me as, like,

  • a heroin-addicted guitar player.

  • -Precious Moment cake topper. Oh, my God.

  • -It wasn't happening.

  • -But let's talk about "The Prom."

  • -"The Prom."

  • -Because this is -- I missed it on Broadway.

  • -Yeah, it was one of those that --

  • Yeah, I think it ran for about a year.

  • -But everyone who saw it said, "Dude, you've got to see this.

  • You'll love it."

  • -Yeah, it's a very sweet show.

  • I got to see it before I knew that I was

  • even going to be a part of the film.

  • And it sort of centers around, actually,

  • a true story from 2010 that this girl in Indiana

  • tried to take her girlfriend to her prom,

  • and the PTA just shut it down.

  • So, in this version, that happens with the PTA

  • and this sweet girl who wants to take her girlfriend.

  • But then where these knuckleheads come into play --

  • It's, like, me and James Corden

  • and Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman,

  • who play very self-absorbed actors

  • who decide they're gonna, like, come from Broadway

  • and save that little lesbian.

  • And do we help?

  • I don't know. -That was the original title.

  • -"Save That Little Lesbian." -That's right. That's correct.

  • And they changed it to "The Prom" instead.

  • -So we try. We try to help,

  • but we sort of make more of a mess of it.

  • -This is -- I can't believe it.

  • This is -- -That's really nuts.

  • -This is Los Angeles' set? -Yes, that is a set.

  • -Wow!

  • -And they just re-created 44th Street

  • in this back lot in Los Angeles.

  • It was really nuts. -How fun was that?

  • -I was like, "Oh, this is -- Netflix has money.

  • Wow!"

  • -Did it feel like you were doing a Broadway musical?

  • -Yeah, it did. -It did, yeah.

  • -It did.

  • Well and, you know, it was, like, kind of

  • raining a little bit.

  • There was something -- It just felt like

  • we were in New York all of a sudden

  • and just dancing down the street with

  • Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.

  • -Come on. Bucket list. Come on. -Bucket list.

  • I mean, you could have married her --

  • -I want to show everyone a clip.

  • Here's Andrew Rannells in "The Prom."

  • Take a look at this.

  • -Who are you?

  • -Trent Oliver.

  • -Oh.

  • -We've done five shows together. -Oh, really?

  • -Yeah. -Oh, my God.

  • -Trent to Juilliard, won't shut up about it.

  • -Oh, right. Trent. -Trent.

  • -Of course, Trent.

  • -[ Laughs ]

  • -Why are you dressed like a waiter?

  • -I'm in between gigs at the moment.

  • Honestly, Dee Dee, I feel adrift,

  • as I did in my days before Juilliard.

  • -Oh, my God.

  • -You see, my passions are fueled by the power of Lady Theater

  • and how she can, with the gentle touch of her hand,

  • sculpt a human soul.

  • You know, what we learned at Juilliard,

  • if I could soliloquize...

  • if you prick me, do I not bleed?

  • -Andrew Rannells!

  • "The Prom" begins streaming this Friday on Netflix.

  • You know I love you, buddy. Thank you so much.

  • Come back whenever, whenever you want.

-Looking sharp, as always. -Look how handsome you are.

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Andrew Rannells Fought His "Type" When Auditioning for Broadway Roles

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/08
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