Andrew Rannells reveals he has dropped out of Tammy Faye at 2024 Tony Awards red carpet

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A Simple Favor fame Andrew Rannells recently made an appearance at the 2024 Tony Awards held on June 16, 2024. It was during his red carpet appearance at the Tony Awards that Andrew announced he wouldn't be partaking in the Broadway production of the musical, Tammy Faye.

During an interview with CBS on the red carpet, Andrew Rannells revealed that while he was excited about Tammy Faye initially, he has decided not to be part of it.

Stating that he is a "huge fan of the show", the Girls actor told CBS:

"Unfortunately, we got into a situation where we couldn't quite find terms that made everyone happy, which is really disappointing, which is why normally they don't announce an actor before the contract."

He also added that even though he's not a Broadway professional, he thought it was odd to announce his name beforehand.


"Very sad, actually"- Andrew Rannells announces departure from Tammy Faye this fall

Andrew Rannells is a popular name on Broadway, owing to appearances in the 2016 revival of Falsettos and musicals like Hairspray. According to New York Theatre Guide, the Black Monday actor attended the Marymount Manhattan College to study theater in 1997 and also undertook classes at Emmy Gifford Children's Theater. He performed at local venues like the Dundee Dinner Theatre and Omaha Community Playhouse.

After giving a statement on the 2024 Tony Awards red carpet, Andrew Rannells also took to Instagram to announce that he won't be a part of the Broadway featuring songs by Elton John. Sharing a carousel of photos from the awards in his Instagram post, the Girls5eva actor mentioned in the caption:

"I was sad to have to share the news that I will not be continuing with Tammy Faye this fall. Very sad, actually."

His caption also mentioned that actress Katie Brayben would be continuing her role in Tammy Faye and that she is a superstar. Additionally, Andrew stated that he "will always be cheering for her and the show's success."

The caption of Andrew's Instagram post also celebrated the 2024 Tony Awards wherein he shared that he and his Gutenburg! co-star Josh Gad got to wear the hats of Bud and Doug once again.

Doug and Bud are the characters the two actors play in the Gutenburg! musical. Andrew also mentioned that they "feel like winners", especially after he got a picture with Tootsie fame Jessica Lange.

Moreover, according to a press release statement featured on the Broadway News website, the production of Tammy Faye stated:

“Andrew was part of the original cast of the musical production in London and we understand that he will not continue on to Broadway. We will announce casting news shortly.”

Directed by Ruper Goold, Tammy Faye is an adaption of the book by James Graham featuring lyrics by Jake Shears. While the production of the same is set to begin previews on October 19, 2024, the show will open on November 14, 2024 at the Palace Theatre.

In other news, Andrew Rannells has received Tony nominations for his roles in The Book of Mormon and Falsettos. Additionally, he was nominated in the Best Revival of a Musical category for Gutenburg! The Musical at the 2024 Tony Awards.

Edited by Prem Deshpande
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