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Too Much Is Not Enough

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,012 ratings  ·  312 reviews
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 arrived in New York City from Omaha in 1997, he, like many, saw the city as a chance to break
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Crown Archetype
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Miranda Reads
4.5 stars

But here is something I discovered quickly about ambition and achieving your dreams: Once you taste it, you want more.
Andrew Rannells - star of The Book of Morman and Girls - writes an atypical memoir about his life and struggles in his pre-famous years.

In his memoir, he wanted to emphasize the struggles he went through because:
These missing years were messy and confusing and filled with questionable choices, and for a long time I was happy to omit them. But I realize now just
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Crown Publishing
Shelves: hilarious, 2019, memoir
“Eyes on your own paper, folks!”

I’m not a girl that reads a ton of memoirs. Okay, more like any. But, that’s not to say I don’t have good intentions. In fact, I’ve been known to scoop up those I deem worthy on release day, only to watch them collect dust on my shelf (sorry Michelle Obama, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler and Stassi Schroeder). Not this time. There was something about a memoir penned by Andrew Rannells that felt too good to pass up.

I’m not familiar with Andrew’s Broadway work (
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Andy Rannells, you stole my heart!

Too much is Not Enough covers Andrew Rannells childhood in Omaha, Nebraska in the 1980s up to his first casting in a Broadway production in the early 2000s.

I didn’t know much about Rannells prior to reading this. I knew his name and some of the Broadway productions he starred in, but that was about it. After reading this, I felt like we were BFF!

I love Rannells’ voice. He writes with honesty (or at least made it sound like he was being honest) and
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read

This was absolutely EVERYTHING a memoir should be!! Bravo!!

Andrew Rannaells grew up in Omaha, far from the glittering lights of Broadway, but he always felt he was meant for the stage. He felt a pull for a life outside of Nebraska and throwing caution to the wind, made that happen for himself.

This witty and candid memoir follows Rannells from his early days of community theater, through his first days in NYC, his attempt at college, friendships, turbulent
Susanne  Strong
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Endearing, Honest and Laugh-out-Loud Funny. Mr. Rannells is the epitome of Hard work and Determination!

Admittedly, I don’t really watch TV, so Andrew Rannells is someone I’ve heard of, but only through the Broadway shows he’s been a part of. When I was offered the chance to read his memoir “Too Much is Not Enough” - I jumped at the chance. His voice is clear, he is honest and boy is he funny.

Andrew always had dreams of becoming a Broadway star - being from Omaha, Nebraska, he knew there
Katie B
Good example of how a memoir can end up being a really enjoyable read even if if you don't know much about the person prior to reading. Loved the use of humor in this one and the stories of what led him to getting his first big break on Broadway.

After graduating high school, Andrew Rannells left his hometown of Omaha and moved to New York City with dreams of having an acting career. In this book Andrew shares stories of getting involved with community theater as a kid, coming to terms with being
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A funny and endearing memoir of this Broadway star!

Andrew Rannells leaves Omaha in 1997 to head to New York City because he has big dreams. His sights are set on Broadway. We already know he makes it there, and this humorous, candid book takes us along on Rannells’ journey from his teenage years to Broadway and all the stops in between.

In his 20s when he hits NYC, Rannells takes advantage of all the bright lights, art, friends, and parties the city has to offer.

It’s no secret Rannells makes

4.5 Stars

I haven’t seen Andrew Rannells performance in The Book of Mormon or anything else, for that matter, didn’t know who he was until I read this, or read about this, so when I was offered an advanced copy of his memoir Too Much is Not Enough I hesitated just long enough to find out a few minor details that made me curious enough to accept the offer, and I’m happy that I did.

Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska – not exactly a small town in the middle of nowhere, but not
j e w e l s
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Andrew Rannells! This is a heartfelt, touching and funny memoir!
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't say I was a super fan of Mr. Rannells - I haven't seen any of the roles he's most known for, and have largely just enjoyed his appearances on late night TV (... and the PBS broadcast of his Broadway show, 'Falsettos'). That said, I have always found him personable and very funny, and these are exactly the qualities he brings to this short volume of memoirs. Any person who has ever contemplated working amidst the bright lights of Broadway (guilty!) will recognize and sympathize with ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
As a Broadway junkie, I am a huge fan of Andrew Rannells; he has a natural charisma and acerbic sense of humour, which is always apparent on his hilarious late night talk show appearances and also in his latest memoir Too Much is Not Enough.

I would recommend listening to the audiobook because Rannells’ delivery is quite funny. He has many stories to tell, and the memoir comes alive especially in the sections where he is recounting his behind-the-scenes stage exploits.
Megan (ChroniclesOfABookworm)
Was it even remotely possible for me to fall more deeper in love with this man? Yes. Yes it was. Andy is BAE for life. ...more
Lorri Steinbacher
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this in prepub. Due out in March 2019. What started as an entertaining Modern Love column in the NYT has been expanded into a series of essays detailing Rannells' early years in New York. Rannells' charm is on ample display here. He has an important point to make that applies specifically to the entertainment industry but can really be applied to any profession: for every success you see, there have been accompanying disappointments and challenges. If you are a theater kid in need of a sage ...more
Thia Rose
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Utterly delightful - if you are a fan of Andrew or of Broadway or frankly are just a Midwesterner curious of what life is like trying to succeed in the big city - pick this up when it comes out in March 2019!!!

I’ve been a fan of Andrew since hearing the Book of Mormon for the first time but I never knew much about where he was from or who he really was and now honestly, I feel like we’re friends. I know we’re not obviously but I feel like if I bumped into him somewhere I could say hi and ask
Bridget Claire
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ugh I just love Andrew Rannells!! I first saw him performing in Falsettos a few years ago and it truly is impossible not to fall in love with him and his performance as Whizzer. Especially when he starts singing "You Gotta Die Sometime" in the hospital bed like omg actual waterworks. Then, I found a bootleg (sorry ://) of Book of Mormon when he played Elder Price and watched it more than once. So good!! When I found out he was writing this book I was hyyyyped. Obviously I had to read it! I was ...more
Put simply, this book was a delight and Andrew Rannells is a treasure.

As I said in one of my updates, I have played, “The Book of Mormon,” soundtrack on a loop more times than I’m comfortable admitting. Even before I saw the show last year, I would listen to the songs again and again. If you’ve never listened to it, at the very least, go on YouTube and find the clip of Rannells performing, “I Believe,” at the Tony Awards. He has a fantastic voice. On or around the same time as my discovery of
Kerry Dunn
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Ugh! I want MORE! Please Mr. Rannells, please write another memoir that covers your Broadway career AND Girls AND The New Normal. I know you have so many good stories to tell about the next phase of your life!

I loved this memoir. I listened to it on audio, read by Andrew Rannells himself and honestly, that's the best way to enjoy it. His "reading" sounds like he is in the room with you telling you all these funny, relatable, and honest stories about his growing up in Omaha, his big move to New
Jordana G
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had I not already been in love with Andrew Rannells, this book would have received 3 stars. It wasn't bad by any means. It was interesting to get to know the younger Andrew, the Andrew struggling to make his way to Broadway and beyond. The problem wasn't the memoir, it was me. I only know Andrew Rannells as Elijah Krantz on HBO's Girls, and I kept finding myself searching for that character throughout the entire book. My bad. It is, after all, the reason why this memoir interested me in the ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Carolyn Wood
If you think Andrew Rannells is funny, and I do, this book was a lot of fun—and boy did I need fun after reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 3.5 stars.
Michele Gardiner
I had no idea who Andrew Rannells was before reading this. I am a pop culture ignoramus. I don't watch TV. I haven't seen a Broadway play. I mostly read, write and watch indie movies. But I plucked this book from the library after reading the reviews.

Well, I devoured it in two days. This is why I love memoir and nonfiction. These stories from the life of a boy from Omaha with big dreams allowed me to see life through someone else's eyes and mind. Seriously, (I swear it's true), I laughed. I
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked 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 ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love him. Although I'm not an extremely successful gay Broadway star, still a lot I could relate to coming of age in the 90's. Fun read.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of the author since I saw him on the Tony Awards performing a song from The Book of Mormon. I also adored every single episode of The New Normal. So this was the perfect birthday gift! I hope this is merely the first installment in a series of autobiographies since this only covers to his first Broadway show. Give me more!!
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. It was hysterical, heart-warming, and at times almost TOO relatable. I wish I had met the author back in the 90’s when we were both brand new to NYC. We might have been at the Limelight on the exact same night, screaming “I can’t believe this used to be a church!” We would’ve been great friends.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
One of the best celebrity memoirs I've read. Usually I feel like they skate on the surface, a collection of humorous (or not) anecdotes about their life that leave you not feeling like you know too much more about the person whose memoir you've just read. Rannells doesn't do that.

Nor does he focus only on the subjects most people might know him from. In fact, Too Much Is Not Enough ends with Andrew's first role on Broadway, long before he achieved the larger fame he has now (though I still
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed these personal essays of Rannell’s early days in NYC, at college & auditions.
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for a good celebrity memoir, especially when it is by the star of the first Broadway show I'd ever seen.
Wesley Alexander
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I heard that Andrew Rannells was writing a memoir, I was ecstatic. I'm a huge theatre fan and have loved Andrew for years. I read this book very soon after it came out and I'm so sad that it had to come to an end! Too Much Is Not Enough is hilarious, heartwarming, a little campy, and gives so much insight to how much Andrew Rannells struggled before getting his big break in The Book of Mormon on Broadway. There are plenty of theatre reference which are fun, and Andrew gives some good advice ...more
Sarah Catherine
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was honest and beautifully written. While not as “dishy” as some celebrity memoirs, you could really hear his voice in all of the essays. Love!
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Andrew Rannells is an actor, singer, and performer best known for originating the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon and playing Elijah Krantz in HBO's Girls. A Tony and Drama Desk nominee and Grammy winner, he has also played Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, King George III in Hamilton, and Whizzer in Falsettos, and is currently starring in the 2018 Broadway revival of The Boys in The ...more