“Greetings Prophet! The great work begins!”, declares the bold proclamation in the play Angels in America, “The Messenger has arrived!” Indeed, the Angel will soon be descending on Broadway in a new revival of this landmark work of theatre. It will be a direct transfer from the National Theatre in London, where it played to emotional audiences in a seven-month sold-out engagement.
The two-part play by Tony Kushner comprises of Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part 2: Perestroika and is considered a major coup when it comes to theatrical literature. Comprehensively, it is an epic story set in the 1980’s at the critical point of the AIDS crisis during the Reagan administration.
Previews begin at the Neil Simon Theatre on February 23, 2018 for a March 21 opening. An initial run of 18 weeks is confirmed, with the likely possibility of extending.
Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn and Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter will reprise their London roles for Broadway. Additional principal actors from London who be transferring include Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, Susan Brown, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Russell Tovey, who played Joe Pitt, will be unable to move with the show due to his television commitment with the ABC series, Quantico.
The Broadway revival will be directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), repeating her work from the London production.
Top photo: Nathan Lane, left, and Russell Tovey, right.