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Angels in America: additional extension cast

Signature Theatre Company have announced additional casting for the extension weeks for Tony Kushner's Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, directed by Michael Greif.

The production, originally slated to run through to 19 Dec 2010 and extended initially through to 30 Jan 2011 and a second time through to 20 Feb 2011, will now play an additional five weeks through to 27 Mar 2011.

Angels In America currently features Robin Bartlett as 'Hannah Pitt,' Christian Borle as 'Prior Walter,' Bill Heck as 'Joe Pitt,' Zoe Kazan as 'Harper Pitt,' Billy Porter as 'Belize,' Zachary Quinto as 'Louis Ironson,' Robin Weigert as 'The Angel' and Frank Wood as 'Roy Cohn.'

Starting 1 Feb 2011, Keira Keeley (2010 Theatre World Award winner for Roundabout's The Glass Menagerie) will replace Zoe Kazan in the role of 'Harper Pitt.' Sofia Jean Gomez (Arabian Nights, Creature), will replace Robin Weigert as 'The Angel.'

As previously announced, Adam Driver will replace Zachary Quinto as 'Louis Ironson' and Michael Urie will replace 'Christian Borle' as Prior Walter. Lynne McCollough will assume the role of 'Hannah Pitt' on 18 Jan 2011, replacing Robin Bartlett.

Original cast members Bill Heck as 'Joe Pitt,' Billy Porter as 'Belize' and Frank Wood as 'Roy Cohn' will continue in their roles for the extension weeks.

Angels In America opened at the Peter Norton Space on 28 Oct 2010 following previews from 14 Sep 2010.

The show opened to mostly excellent reviews: Great to see 'Angels' fly so high (NY Daily News); Ambitious, vibrant revival (Record); Angels has the power to challenge, enlighten and amaze you (NY Time Out).

Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, the two parts of Angels In America, will begin alternating in repertory from the start of performances.

Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia On National Themes is set in late 1985 and early 1986, as the first wave of the AIDS epidemic in America is escalating and Ronald Reagan has been elected to a second term in the White House.

The play's two parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, bring together a young gay man with AIDS and his frightened, unfaithful lover; a closeted Mormon lawyer and his valium-addicted wife; the infamous New York lawyer Roy Cohn; an African-American male nurse; a Mormon housewife from Utah; and a steel-winged, prophecy-bearing angel; as well as the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, an ancient rabbi, the world's oldest living Bolshevik and a Reagan administration functionary, among many others - all played by a company of eight actors.

Scenic design is by Mark Wendland, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Ken Travis.

Angels In America was one of the most critically acclaimed and heralded plays of the 1990s and established Tony Kushner as a major new voice in world theatre. Frank Rich, The New York Times, praised it as "the most thrilling American play in years".

The plays were developed in productions in Los Angeles, San Francisco and London, before opening on Broadway in 1993. Part One: Millennium Approaches, opened 4 May 1993 at the Walter Kerr Theatre and Part Two: Perestroika, opened 23 Nov 1993, also at the Walter Kerr, with the two parts playing in repertory. Both parts of Angels In America won Tony Awards in 1993 and 1994 for Best Play and Millennium Approaches won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Kushner adapted the plays for an HBO mini-series, directed by Mike Nichols, which premiered in 2003 and won Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for Best Miniseries.

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