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‘Book of Mormon’ star Andrew Rannells to discuss new book in West Hollywood

WEST HOLLYWOOD — “Book of Mormon” star Andrew Rannells will discuss his new humours, coming-of-age book next week in West Hollywood.

Rannells, 40, will also sign copies of “Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood” at 7 p.m. March 20 at in City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library.

Tickets are $26 plus tax, service fee, and include a copy of the book and available here.

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Andrew Rannells

Andrew Rannells’ new book, “Too Much Is Not Enough,” is a humorous look as the 20-something actor fumbles his way toward Broadway.

Andrew Rannells’ new book

On Tuesday, Rannells appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and described the book’s timeline. Rannells, who identifies as gay, was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and moved to New York City in 1997.

“It’s really about my first seven years that I lived in New York before I got my first Broadway show, which was ‘Hairspray’ in 2004,” he said. “That’s often the years that get skipped over.”

The Tony nominated actor also said that the book includes stories about him “having a lot of sex.” Oh my.

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As Rannells fumbles his way toward the Great White Way, he also shares dramatic essays of failed auditions and behind-the-curtain romances, the heartbreak of losing his father, and the excitement of making his Broadway debut in “Hairspray” at 26.

‘The Boys in the Band’

Rannells most recently appeared on Broadway in “The Boys in the Band” alongside Jim Parson, Zachary Quinto, and Matt Bomer. All of the actors who starred in the play identify as gay.

Mart Crowley wrote the play, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1968, and was revived on Broadway for its 50th anniversary in 2018. The story follows a group of New York City gay men celebrating a friend’s birthday.

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A film version of the groundbreaking play, which was a no-holds-barred and nonjudgmental look at gay men trying to survive in a world that despised them, was released in 1970. That movie was a milestone in queer cinema.

Rannells’ visit to West Hollywood is part of the city’s WeHo Reads program, a literary series featuring noteworthy authors at the West Hollywood Library.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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