Two Weeks More For Limited Engagement
On February 23, 2018, Angels in America began previews at the Neil Simon Theatre, ahead of its opening night on March 25, 2018. At that time, the show was scheduled to run until July 1, 2018. However, on the heels of the show’s 11 Tony Award nominations, the producers have announced that the duo of plays will extend for an additional two weeks. The closing date is now scheduled for July 15, 2018. This is the first Broadway revival of this highly lauded contemporary classic, since its debut in 1993. Written by Tony Kushner, Angels in America is actually two separate plays, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika, and both are subtitled A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. This production is directed by Marianne Elliott, the British director who has made a name for herself in helming ambitious plays with large ensemble casts that do very well in the transfer over the Atlantic. Her previous Broadway directing credits include War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The cast is led by a phenomenal group of actors from both sides of the pond. Andrew Garfield plays Prior Walter, Nathan Lane plays Roy M. Cohn and The Angel Antarctica, Susan Brown plays Hannah Pitt, as well as Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov, Henry, Ethel Rosenberg, and The Angel Asiatica, Denise Gough plays Harper Pitt and The Angel Africanii, Amanda Lawrence plays The Angel, Mormon Mother, and Emily, James McArdle plays Louis Ironson and The Angel Australia, Lee Pace plays Joseph Pitt and The Angel Europa, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett plays Belize, Mr. Lies, and The Angel Oceania, and the Angel Shadows are played by Rowan Ian Seamus Magee, Matty Oaks, Genesis Oliver, Jane Pfitsch, Lee Aaron Rosen, Ron Todorowski, Silvia Vrskova, and Lucy York.
Earlier this month, the Tony Award nominations were announced, ahead of the Tony Award ceremony which will take place on June 10, 2018 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Angels in America made out swimmingly, earning 11 nominations, which ties for the second most of any show. It was beat out only by Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, each of which earned 12 Tony Award nominations. As for Angels in America, it tied with The Band’s Visit and Carousel, both of which also earned 11 nominations. Even more notably, this is the most nominations ever earned for any play (as opposed to a musical) in the history of the Tony Awards. These nominations were for: those for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for Andrew Garfield, the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Nathan Lane, the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Susan Brown, the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Denise Gough, the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Adrian Sutton, the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design in a Play for Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, the Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Play for Nicky Gillibrand, the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design in a Play for Paule Constable, the Tony Award for Best Sound Design in a Play for Ian Dickinson, and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for Marianne Elliot. Of these, the biggest award is that for Best Revival of a Play, for which Angels in America is competing alongside Three Tall Women, The Iceman Cometh, Lobby Hero, and Travesties. Fortunately, audience members now have 2 more weeks to catch these incredible plays.