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Angels in America, starring Nathan Lane & Andrew Garfield, begins performances on Broadway
The Broadway transfer of the hit National Theatre revival begins previews at the Neil Simon Theatre.
The Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's epic drama Angels in America begins its strictly limited 18-week engagement at the Neil Simon Theatre tonight. The National Theatre production, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott, is scheduled to officially open on March 25, with the limited run closing on July 1, 2018.
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 cast of Angels in America includes two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane (as Roy Cohn), Oscar & Tony Award nominee Andrew Garfield (as Prior Walter), Golden Globe & Emmy Award nominee Lee Pace (as Joe Pitt), Olivier Award winner Denise Gough (as Harper Pitt), James McArdle (as Louis Ironson), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (as Belize), Susan Brown (as Hannah Pitt), and Amanda Lawrence and Tony Award nominee Beth Malone (alternating as The Angel).
Rounding out the cast are Patrick Andrews, Glynis Bell, Amy Blackman, Curt James, Rowan Ian Seamus Magee, Mark Nelson, Matty Oaks, Genesis Oliver, Jane Pfitsch, Lee Aaron Rosen, Ron Todorowski, Silvia Vrskova and Lucy York.
The creative team behind Angels in America features music by Adrian Sutton, scenic design by Tony Award winner Ian MacNeil, costume design by Tony Award nominee Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, sound design by Tony Award 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 2017 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.
Angels in America Tickets are available now for performances from February 23 through to July 1, 2018.
(Photos by Helen Maybanks)