It's a sad week backstage at the The Book of Mormon on Broadway. The two leading Elders are leaving the clan and going on a mission to Hollywood. Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells, who play Elder Cunningham and Elder Price, respectively, are celebrating their last performances. (Gad's understudy Jared Gernter is replacing him, while Nic Rouleau, who stood-by for Rannells since last summer, will take over the Elder Price role.) Their castmate Brian Sears tweeted "Gonna be a weird week" yesterday, to which Rannells responded, "Very weird. And by weird, I mean drunken." Gad's last day is today, and we hear that their other castmate Rory O'Malley, who plays the hilarious, closeted Elder McKinley, was already shedding a few tears during curtain call last night. In addition to playing Lena Dunham's gay ex-boyfriend on HBO's Girls, Rannells will be starring in Ryan Murphy's new sitcom The New Normal as one-half of a gay couple (the other half being Justin Bartha) who are having a child through a surrogate. And Gad has nabbed a part in the new White House comedy 1600 Penn. We've included previews of both shows here. As they say on Broadway; "Break a leg" Elders!
A preview of Rannells' new sitcom, The New Normal.