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He is known for his Tony-nominated performance as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. As a featured soloist on the musical's original Broadway cast recording, he won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Rannells received his second Tony nomination in 2017 for his performance as Whizzer in the 2016 Broadway revival of Falsettos.
For about three years, from 2001–04, he worked with 4Kids Entertainment, a New York City animation production company, where his Omaha voice-over work served him well. He also directed a small number of video games, "Kirby" and "Sonic the Hedgehog."
Before winning his first Broadway role, Rannells had parts in a number of regional theater productions, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Miss Saigon, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
For his turn as Hedwig at the Zachary Scott Theater Center in Austin, Texas in 2002, he was nominated for and won for best actor in a musical at the B. Iden Payne Awards in September 2002, which honor outstanding achievements in Austin theater.
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