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London's Angels in America is officially coming to B'way

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Nathan Lane in Angels in America
Nathan Lane in Angels in America

The critically acclaimed National Theatre production of Tony Kushner's epic drama Angels in America, starring two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane and Oscar and Tony nominee Andrew Garfield, will play a strictly limited 18-week engagement at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre. Previews begin on February 23, 2018, before an official opening on March 21.

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, and producers Tim Levy, and Jordan Roth released the following joint statement:

“With Angels in America, Tony Kushner created one of the most indelible literary works of our age. It has been twenty-five years since its original Broadway production, and it is now time for an entirely new generation to be mesmerized, stirred, and astonished by its humor, poetry, and power at a time that feels more relevant than ever.
We are delighted that American audiences will have the chance to experience the astonishing performances of our original cast members and the singular dynamism of Marianne’s production.
Producing the original UK and Broadway productions of Angels in America in London and in New York remain defining achievements in the history of the National Theatre and Jujamcyn Theaters. We couldn’t be happier that our two organizations will be working together to bring this new National Theatre production of Tony’s masterwork back to Broadway.”
Directed by two-time Tony winner Marianne Elliott, Mr. Lane and Mr. Garfield are joined in the cast by fellow London co-stars Olivier Award winner Denise Gough, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Susan Brown and Amanda Lawrence, with additional casting to be announced at a later date.

Photo by Helen Maybanks
Andrew Garfield in Angels in America
Andrew Garfield in Angels in America

Synopsis: "A quarter-century after stunning the theater world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time returns to Broadway in an acclaimed new production from the National Theatre. As politically incendiary as any play in the American canon, Angels in America also manages to be, at turns, hilariously irreverent and heartbreakingly humane. It is also astonishingly relevant, speaking every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did when it first premiered. Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid-1980's, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope."

The creative team behind Angels in America features music by Adrian Sutton, scenic design by Tony winner Ian MacNeil, costume design by Tony nominee Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Tony winner Paule Constable, sound design by Tony nominee Ian Dickinson, puppetry design by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell, puppetry direction and movement by Finn Caldwell, movement by Robby Graham, and illusions by Chris Fisher.

Angels in America is produced on Broadway by Tim Levy, Jordan Roth and Elliott & Harper.

This new production of Angels in America, once again told in two parts - Part One - Millennium Approaches and Part Two - Perestroika - premiered at London's National Theatre in April of this year and quickly became the fasting selling show in the company's history. It originally premiered on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in 1993, winning the Tony Award for "Best Play" and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The 2003 television adaptation also won the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for "Best Miniseries." This production will mark the play's first-ever Broadway revival.

- by Tom Millward

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