'Angels in America' Sets Broadway Run With Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane

Angels in America - Andrew Garfield - Production still -H 2017
Courtesy of Helen Maybanks

The new staging of Tony Kushner's epic debuted in a sold-out run at London's National Theatre.

Angels in America is set to soar stateside.

The National Theatre Production of Tony Kushner’s epic Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes will bow on Broadway this season. Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, who starred in the sold-out world premiere run at the National Theatre in London, will reprise their roles on Boradway.

Directed by Marianne Elliott, the limited, 18-week engagement will begin performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on Feb. 23 ahead of an opening night on March 21.

The critically acclaimed staging of Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning work, which is set in New York at the height of the AIDS crisis, is presented in two parts: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. Live performances of both shows were recently broadcasted by National Theatre Live to more than 2,500 venues in 60 countries. The Hollywood Reporter's review called it "no mere exercise in nostalgia. For a work known for its blend of mordant reality and fantasy, personal and political, theatricality and endurance-challenging ambition, now reveals another characteristic: prescience. ... This triumphant production also seems timely, identifying exactly what we need in our own, trying times."

Along with Garfield and Lane, fellow original National Theatre castmembers Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett will also reprise their roles on Broadway. It is the first Broadway revival of the play, which initially opened in 1993 and won seven Tony Awards. HBO’s 2003 screen adaptation, starring Meryl Streep and Al Pacino, won both the Emmy and the Golden Globe Awards for best miniseries.

NT America and Jujamcyn Theaters are producing the Broadway run with Elliott & Harper, the new production company of director Elliott and Chris Harper.