National Theatre’s Angels In America wings it to Broadway

The great work returns. Angels In America will return to Broadway for the first time since the now-legendary original production opened in 1993, following its unprecedented success at London’s National Theatre.

Tony Kushner’s landmark play will open at The Neil Simon Theatre next February for 18-weeks with most of the cast transferring.

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 organization’s history.

Angels stars 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.

In a joint statement, Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, and producers Tim Levy and Jordan 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 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.”

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-1980s, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope.

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.