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Turn it off: How Rory O'Malley deals with that devilish gay urge in 'Book of Mormon' [Video]

May 17, 2011 |  1:36 pm

Morm2Most Tony Award pundits believe the race for best featured actor in a musical is a tight one between Rory O'Malley ("The Book of Mormon") and John Larroquette ("How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying").

Of the five gurus polled by Gold Derby, Melissa Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly, picks O'Malley to win, but most of the others rank Larroquette first then O'Malley as a close second.

If the Tonys follow their voting trend of last year, they'll favor Hollywood celebs again, thus giving the win to Larroquette. However, O'Malley could benefit from the massive buzz surrounding "Book of Mormon," which has 14 nominations and will win many. If it pulls off a bona-fide sweep, O'Malley can go along for the ride.

O'Malley portrays a closeted gay Mormon missionary who has a big, show-stopping number. "He has a little song called 'Turn It Off,' where he talks about turning off that feeling," he says in our video chat. "Any time you have any bad feelings, just turn them off! It's that easy. It deals with being closeted, something that can be very sad, in a very humorous and funny way."


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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Rory O'Malley in "Book of Mormon." Credit: Eugene O'Neill Theatre