Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells return with a hilarious new episode of ‘Gutenberg!
The actors in “Gutenberg! The Musical!” shift between dozens of roles in 105 minutes, each clearly designated by bold-lettered baseball caps. Bud (Gad) and Doug (Rannells) are Broadway writers who are pitching a musical on Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. They perform the entire absurd new play for prospective producers (or rather, the crowd at New York’s James Earl Jones Theatre).
Gad had no idea about the show’s hamster loop of headwear until the first reading of “Gutenberg!,” which officially opens Thursday.
“I almost had a heart attack,” he says in an interview with Rannells. “With only three weeks to prepare, it was extremely nerve-racking.” It’s clearly a comic mathematical equation.”
‘That’s for me,’ says Andrew Rannells of ‘Uncle of the Year,’ and his old ‘crush’ on Murray Bartlett.
“Gutenberg!” is Rannells’ and Gad’s first theatrical collaboration since 2011’s “The Book of Mormon,” an irreverent parody that earned nine Tony Awards, including best musical. Their current film is already proving to be a box-office success, thanks to their popularity as a comedy combo.
“They’re both wildly inventive comedians,” says the show’s director, Alex Timbers. “It isn’t so much that one person’s always the straight man – they just have an amazing dynamic where they know how to play off each other in such an extraordinary way.”
The performers tell us more about “Gutenberg!,” their worst roles, and their famous “Mormon” encounters: