Tony Nomination Spotlight – Angels in America

Angels in America

Angels in America

Eleven 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Revival of a Play, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Andrew Garfield), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Nathan Lane), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Susan Brown, Denise Gough), Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Play, Best Direction of a Play.

A Gay Fantasia:

A revival of Tony Kushner’s two-part Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set in New York against the AIDS crisis at the height of the Reagan era, presenting a complex, often metaphorical, and at times symbolic examination of illness and homosexuality in America.

From the Producers:

In Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, set in 1980s New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel.

Creating a Classic:

Angels in America, originally commissioned by the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, was first performed in Los Angeles as a workshop in May 1990 by the Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum. Millennium Approaches (part one) premiered in May 1991 in a production performed by the Eureka Theatre. The play’s second part, Perestroika, was still being developed as Millennium Approaches was being performed. It was performed several times as staged readings by both the Eureka Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in 1992. The entire two-part play debuted on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in 1993, directed by George C. Wolfe, with both parts playing in repertory, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. The play has been adapted into a television miniseries for HBO, and an opera by Peter Eötvös.

Cast & Creatives:

The current staging comes to Broadway following an acclaimed run at London’s National Theatre in 2017, where it was the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history. Most of the original U.K. cast transfers with the production, including two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane, Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, James McArdle, Susan Brown, Amanda Lawrence and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. New to the Broadway production is Emmy Award nominee Lee Pace. Two-time Tony winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) directs.

Reviews:

New York Times – Flat-out fabulous…with a top-flight cast…and when characters are this vividly drawn, spending hours in their company is no hardship.”

New York Daily News – “Remarkable…the most electrifying production you’re apt to ever see of the author’s masterwork.”

Time Out New York – “Kushner’s expansive and shattering masterpiece…in a production of magnificent tenderness and sinew…this is a play that breaks and fills your heart; it inspires you as it takes your breath away.”

New York Magazine – “Under the piercing, balletic direction of Elliott, this brilliant rendering…couldn’t feel more vivid, more eloquently enraged, funnier or more full of life than if the ink on its script were still drying.”

Tony Kushner on Angels in America:

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