The 2017 revival of Angels in America - A Gay Fantasia on National Themes quickly became the fastest-selling show in the history of London's National Theatre. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott, the widely praised production now transfers to New York where performances began on February 23, 2018 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Tony Kushner's epic play made waves at its world premiere in San Francisco in 1991 and on Broadway in 1993, ultimately winning both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for "Best Play". It also went on to be adpated by HBO for television in 2003, winning the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for "Best Miniseries".
The production also marks the first-ever Broadway revival for Angels in America and features original London stars such as two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and Oscar & Tony nominee Andrew Garfield. The Broadway production remains as slick and stylish as it did when it entertained full houses in London, with its stunning, often neon-infused lighting design by Paule Constable and effortlessly shifting set design by Ian MacNeil.
With stellar, frequently heart-wrenching performances by Lane as Roy Cohn, Garfield as Prior Walter and Olivier Award winner Denise Gough as Harper Pitt, backed up by a tour-de-force performance by Susan Brown as Hannah Pitt and several other characters, Angels in America may well be showered with acting trophies by the time the 2018 Awards season is over.
Set during the AIDS epidemic of the mid-1980's in New York City, the sprawling themes of Angels in America remain as urgent and as topical as ever in today's fragile social and political climate.
(Photos by Brinkhoff & Mögenburg)