Too Much Is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells

Too Much Is Not Enough

Andrew Rannells

Andrew Rannells takes us on the journey of a twentysomething hungry to experience everything New York has to offer. At the heart lies a powerful drive to reconcile the boy he was when he left Omaha with the man he desperately wants to be.

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From the star of Broadway's The Book of Mormon and HBO's Girls, the heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age memoir of a Midwestern boy surviving bad auditions, bad relationships, and some really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City

When Andrew Rannells left Nebraska for New York City in 1997, he, like many young hopefuls, saw the city as a chance to break free. To start over. To transform the fiercely ambitious but sexually confused teenager he saw in the mirror into the Broadway leading man of his dreams.

In Too Much Is Not Enough, Rannells takes us on the journey of a twentysomething hungry to experience everything New York has to offer: new friends, wild nights, great art, standing ovations. At the heart of his hunger lies a powerful drive to reconcile the boy he was when he left Omaha with the man he desperately wants to be.

As Rannells fumbles his way towards the Great White Way, he also shares the drama of failed auditions and behind-the-curtain romances, the heartbreak of losing his father at the height of his struggle, and the exhilaration of making his Broadway debut in Hairspray at the age of twenty-six. Along the way, he learns that you never really leave your past—or your family—behind; that the most painful, and perversely motivating, jobs are the ones you almost get; and that sometimes the most memorable nights with friends are marked not by the trendy club you danced at but by the recap over diner food afterward.

Honest and hilarious, Too Much Is Not Enough is an unforgettable look at love, loss, and the powerful forces that determine who we become.

Advance Galley Reviews

This memoir was charming and a quick, breezy read, like spending an afternoon reminiscing with an old friend. Andrew Rannells and I are about the same age, and I also spent my college years in and around New York City, so his anecdotes about NYC in the late '90s/early 2000s made me chuckle in recognition more than once. I've never seen Rannells perform (that I know of--I may have seen him in Hairspray), but that didn't prevent me from thoroughly enjoying this memoir.

I expected to like this book -- after all, "Fame" is one of my top five karaoke songs -- but I didn't expect to like it This. Much. Rannells' writing is conversational and witty. His great use of asides and finding hope even in bleak times reminds me a lot of The Bloggess -- a comparison I do not make lightly. I appreciated that he focused more on the fumbling and less on his many successes since. I also appreciate that he didn't name drop constantly and that he acknowledged his privilege as a tall, white, cis-male actor (he humbly left out good looking and an amazing tenor). As a musical theatre nerd, I was highly amused and will be sure to share the rec with all my like-minded friends and anyone else looking for a fun memoir. Finishing up Kwame Onwuachi's NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF now and will compare the two later this week at

This book was such a joy. So easy to read, laugh-out-loud funny even in its darkest moments, and felt like reminscing with an old friend. Would recommend to everyone, but especially people interested in theatre and film.

Laugh out loud funny, at times heartbreaking, but it ends with hope (and we all know what comes after that Broadway debut: Book of Mormon, NBC sitcom whose name I can’t remember, King George III the third in Hamilton). A must read for theater fans, or fans of celebrity autobiographies, but perhaps not for the young theater lover in your life (just because of adult content). This joins A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth and Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends as my top celeb bios.

I really enjoyed this memoir by Andrew Rannells. It's a coming-of-age story of a young man moving to New York to try to break into theater. If you've been there and done that, or are thinking about being there and doing that, this is a book you'll really enjoy. (I was especially amused that the author and I both lived at the same seedy single room occupancy hotel, though I was there about 15 years earlier!) This is not a book about Andrew Rannells's successes on Broadway, the hit shows, the Tony nominations - this is a book about how he got there and how he kept chasing his dreams despite the many temptations to stop. It's moving and very funny. Recommended.

I'm just a boy who can't say no. I'm in a terrible fix. I would have liked a little more about Broadway and not so much his choice in men. This is about choices, breaks, and disappointments. Andrew didn't give up and found his dream.

What a wonderful memoir from Andrew Rannells! I absolutely loved it. Full of humor and heart and honesty, it's just what I hoped it would be. It has all the charm of his Live from Lincoln Center performance, which is a must-see, btw. I do wish it was just a smidge longer, as it ends right after he gets his first Broadway job, but I loved every page. But we see his summer stock experience, auditions for Rent (twice) and Taboo among others, his roller coaster of a romantic life, and so much more. Highly recommended!

It seems to be a rite of passage now for actors to write memoirs, and usually they’re average at best. This one was no different—except that I like Andrew Rannells a lot more than I like most of the other actors with memoirs, and so I couldn’t help but enjoy many of these stories and anecdotes solely because they were his. The writing is fast-paced and enjoyable, and the stories are endearing, but there just wasn’t a ton of content. Plus, there was nothing about Book of Mormon or Girls, or any of his newer shows like Bg Mouth or Black Monday. Overall, it was an endearing memoir of how a talented actor got his start, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who isn’t already a fan.

Sorry, i could not read this in my i pad or kindle and I'm not reading it on my computer so thanks but I'll wait until I can take it out of the library. Love the idea of this program but it's not for me

I got to the end and thought maybe I was missing part of the book. It ends very abruptly and doesn't even mention "The Book of Mormon"! So that was a huge disappointment. Also, I'm not sure there was really enough material here to warrant a memoir. If you're writing a memoir at the age of 40, something really extraordinary needs to have happened to you. Otherwise, who cares? (And I say that as a huge Broadway/musicals fan.)


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