Angels in America
Tony Kushner's epic two-part play returns to Broadway, starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield.
ABOUT THE SHOW
A quarter-century after stunning the theatre world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time returns to Broadway in a production from London's National Theatre. Tony Kushner's play tackles Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid-1980s.
- The play contains at least two characters based on real historical personages. Roy Cohn (1927-1986) was an attorney who was active in Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusades in the 1950s; his later clients included Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump. Ethel Rosenberg (1915-1953) was a U. S. citizen convicted, along with her husband, Julius Rosenberg, of committing espionage for the Soviet Union. Their subsequent execution was hugely controversial.
- The play was adapted as an opera by Peter Eötvös, premiering at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2004.
The two parts of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
premiered on Broadway in 1993, six months apart in two different Tony Awards seasons. Millennium Approaches
(Part 1) won the 1993 Tony Award as Best Play. Perestroika
(Part 2) won the Best Play award the following year. After Perestroika
opened, the two parts were performed in rotating rep. In 2003, HBO Films created a miniseries version of the play
with Kushner adapting the work for the screen. The current production originated at the National Theatre in London before transferring to Broadway with most of its cast intact.