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The Tony Awards' Favorite Mormon: Best Actor Nominee Andrew Rannells

MORMON050311_main_blog.jpg In the same season that the $65 million Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark catapulted into the air and landed with a horrible splat, the less ambitious—but far more entertaining—The Book of Mormon has become the little show that could. Created for a fraction of the price of Julie Taymor's disaster by Broadway newcomers and South Park masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Mormon has ridden critical accolades to strong box-office returns and a category-leading 14 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and, for Andrew Rannells, Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical."When we spoke to Rannells in March he told us he was, "Fine having high, vague expectations." On top of telling us what it's like to have a religious text shoved up his backside every performance and about the huge number of Mormons who seem to enjoy the ostensibly offensive musical, Rannells explained how he was cast and his hopes for success. Read all about this first-time Tony nominee here.

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