Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
About Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
The fastest selling show in National Theatre history comes to Broadway.
A quarter-century after stunning the theatre world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time returns to Broadway in an acclaimed new production from the National Theatre.
ANGELS IN AMERICA, Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, won 7 Tony Awards®, The New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and The Evening Standard Award on its groundbreaking debut.
Now Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse) directs a spectacular new production of this landmark play, starring Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, and featuring Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, Beth Malone, James McArdle and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
The great work began the moment “Angels in America” touched down at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre. In one of the most magnificent productions of Tony Kushner’s two-part “Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” set at the height of the AIDS crisis, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the ensemble of “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika” deliver a gut-wrenching production sure to stick with audiences for a lifetime.
When Prior Walter tells his partner, Louis Ironson, that he has been diagnosed with AIDS, he’s left to fight for his life on his own. Simultaneously, a closeted Mormon named Joe Pitt and his drug-addled wife, Harper, deal with their own demons. As Ron Leibman, who originated the role of Roy — played in this production by Lane — once said: “Everything that happens in life happens in this play.”
What To Watch For
- Andrew Garfield identifies as heterosexual, which made him question if he was qualified or not to take on the seminal role of Prior Walter.
- This production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work is the most Tony Award-nominated play in history, receiving 11 nominations, including Best Revival of a Play.
- This production was originally revived at London’s National Theatre in 2017. The full London company — with the exception of Russell Tovey as Joe — reprised their performances for Broadway.
- Tony-winning director Marianne Elliott was on a quest to direct “Angels in America.” When the production rights were available, she “made” the National Theatre “snatch” them and let her direct! “I don’t think that anybody would have given me the job,” she admits. “I’m not the first, most obvious choice to direct that piece. I’m not American, I’m not Mormon, I’m not Jewish, I’m not a man.”
- Stagehands are dressed in total black and lit very carefully, so the audience can’t see small black panels they are holding during scene transitions because, explains designer Edward Pierce, transitions can make or break the design, the rhythm, and the heartbeat of the show.
3hr 30min (incl. 2 intermissions)
250 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
Since 1927, this theatre was known as the Alvin. It was renamed in 1983 to honor America’s most prolific playwright, Neil Simon, following the successful engagement of Brighton Beach Memoirs, the first play of an autobiographical trilogy about his youth with his family. Fittingly, in 1985, the second play of Mr. Simon’s trilogy, Biloxi Blues played there successfully. In 1992, Mr. Simon returned again with his play, Jake’s Women. Since 2000, the Neil Simon has been filled with music and dancing as the home to two of Broadway’s most popular productions, namely the acclaimed revival of The Music Man and the Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, Hairspray.