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

I overall enjoyed Andrew Rannells' honest memoir about growing up in Omaha, his family, and his developing Broadway love and career, but I was left wanting more of his Broadway career to date.

I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was incredibly clever to discuss what happens before you make it big as an actor. Rannells has a wonderful writing voice and I hope we are able to read more of his acting adventures.

I went into this without knowing much about Andrew Rannells outside of the fact that he was in The Book of Mormon on Broadway. What an unexpected delight! Focusing on a specific period of time in his life, Rannells has written a thoroughly charming memoir about pursuing your dreams even if you have no idea where to begin. Some may be annoyed that the book ends before it gets to Book of Mormon, but I think focusing on the period leading up to his first role on Broadway makes the achievement feel all the more incredible. This was a quite enjoyable, entertaining read.

I haven't finished this novel yet but I've been enjoying the funny, witty way that Rannell's is sharing his coming of age story. Tough to read in a few places but well tempered with light hearted stories. If you like biographies or are interested in theater I would suggest this book.

Not exactly my cup of tea but it was not that bad I guess.

Truly enjoyable memoir of an-up and-coming star of Broadway and television. The author does a good job of discussing his coming out, and how it impacted his acting career. Highly recommend!

Insipid memoir. Author is totally self centered. Apparently, no other boys, girls, humans from Nebraska had "dreams". He was soooo special and sooo different from everyone else. My Nebraska bred children had dreams too, went to distant colleges where they met their own demons.Did not need to know about all his random sexual encounters. Why must we share that information? Glad I got this book for free. Talented guy for sure, but might have saved his breath on this.

While I recognized Andrew Rannells from a few of his TV or movie performances, I knew very little about his life. This was a great introduction into his world; he is funny, endearing, and honest. It's a book about stumbling and falling, sometimes into great things. A book about the relentless pursuit of your dreams, and the eye-opening amount of hardwork it takes to achieve them. Those who are not familiar with Rannells, do not be deterred, this book will resonate with all, for aren't we all fumbling through life? While I was hoping to hear more about his life after "making it," I look forward to reading his next endeavor.

I've never heard of Andrew Rannells before reading this book but it was an entertaining and insightful experience. It's definitely a good read even though I don't often enjoy memoirs. 4 stars.

I honestly had no clue who Andrew Rannells was before reading this book, so it was an enlightening experience. He is funny, his personality definitely shines through. The story reads like a long night's conversation with your gay best friend. Lots of fun, some tears, but always one story leading into another. I enjoyed it.

I'm a huge fan of Andrew Rannells, so I was super excited when I heard he had a book coming out. There are a ton of great elements to this memoir - honesty, humor, heart. Rannells does a great job recounting tales from his youth (everything from a disastrous relationship with an older man to his many failed auditions). I really felt like I got to know him as he struggled to become successful in the Broadway world. My only complaint about this book is that it felt like it ended right before the part of Rannells' life that I'm most interested in - namely his hit roles (in "Book of Mormon" and "Girls.") I would have loved to get Rannells' take on actually making it in the industry (and I would have killed for some celebrity gossip). Perhaps Rannells is thinking about writing another book in the future that will focus more on this. Until then, I'm still a fan and I appreciate the candor it took to get this book right.

Andrew Rannells (who, I must admit, I followed and adored prior to reading this) is an absolute joy to read from and about. His memoir is touching, charming, and hilarious. "Too Much Is Not Enough" tells the incredibly endearing story of Rannells' journey from Nebraskan theatre kid to Broadway hopeful to finally finding success on the Great White Way. This memoir is filled with warmth, life lessons, and, ultimately, the message to never give up on your dreams. This was quick, witty, and a perfect break from my daily life.

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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