Producers Tim Levy and Jordan Roth have today announced that the National Theatre’s production of Tony Kushner’s epic and seminal masterwork, Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia On National Themes, will return to Broadway for the first time since its now-legendary original production opened in 1993.
This spectacular new staging of Part One of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches, and of Part Two, Perestroika, had its world premiere earlier this year in a sold-out run at the National Theatre, where it became the fastest selling show in the venue’s history.
The strictly limited, 18-week engagement will begin performances at The Neil Simon Theatre on Friday 23 February 2018, with an official opening on Wednesday 21 March.
James McArdle (Louis) and Andrew Garfield (Prior) in Angels In America – Millennium Approaches (Photo: Helen Maybanks)
Starring two-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane and Academy Award® and Tony Award nominee Andrew Garfield, the cast of Angels in America will feature fellow original National Theatre cast members Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) directs. Elliott & Harper, the new production company set up by Marianne Elliott and Chris Harper, joins as a producer on the show.
Nathan Lane (Roy M Cohn) in Angels In America – Millennium Approaches (Photo: Helen Maybanks)
In a joint statement, Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Mr. Levy, and Mr. Roth said, “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 mesmerised, 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.”
Denise Gough (Harper) and Andrew Garfield (Prior) in Angels In America – Perestroika (Photo: Helen Maybanks)
When it first premiered, Angels In America won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play. HBO’s 2003 screen adaptation won both the Emmy® and the Golden Globe® Awards for Best Miniseries.