Angels In America
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes originally surfaced as a two part play by a renowned playwright Tony Kushner in 1991. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize, the play received critical acclaim which is why it was later adapted in various other forms of media as well. The play lasts for about seven hours, which is why it is divided up in to two parts. The first part is titled Millennium Approaches and the second part is called Perestroika. Playwright Tony Kushner worked on the play along with the Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, and later the part one of the play was also performed for the first time at the Mark Taper Forum by the Center Theatre Group in 1990. The part one of the play was initially performed as a workshop, but later Millennium Approaches had its official premiere in San Francisco in May 1991 when the Eureka Theatre Company performed it.
After San Francisco, the play moved to Royal National Theatre productions in London where under the direction of Declan Donnellan the play was performed at the Cottesloe Theatre. Other crew members of the production included Mick Hughes at the Lighting Design, Nick Ormerod doing the scenic design along with Paddy Cuneed taking career of the music. The production officially opened on January 23, 1992 and starred Sean Chapman, Nick Reding, Marcus D’Amico, Henry Goodman and Felicity Montagu. The Royal National Theatre production of the play completed its performance run after a year.
Meanwhile Millennium Approaches was being applauded in San Francisco, the development of plays second installment, Perestroika, was well on its way. After being performed as staged readings for a number of times, the part two of the play made its world debut in November of 1992. Perestroika was directed by Tony Taccone and Oskar Eustis, as it premiered on the Mark Taper Forum productions. Later on with the same production crew and directors, the Royal National Theatre production of the part two also opened up on November 20, 1993.
In the same year, the play made its Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre in a production that was directed by George C. Wolfe. Both parts of the play were performed in the same year on Broadway, as Millennium Approaches took stage in May while in November, Perestroika joined the repertory. Although some replacements were made later on, but the original Broadway cast of the play featured Stephen Spinella, Rob Leibman, Joe Mantello, Ellen McLaughlin, Jeffrey Wright, Kathleen Chalfant, David Marshall and Marcia Gay Harden. Both parts of play received huge amount of fan appraisal as well as one each Drama Desk awards for both parts and one each Tony Awards for both the parts for the category of Best Play.
The two most notable adaptations of the play include an Opera and a TV miniseries. The operatic version of the play made its world premiere in Paris, at the Théâtre du Châtelet on November 23, 2004. Although the opera was strictly based on Angels in America but it carefully compressed and rewritten to fit in two and half hours time duration. Before the opera could hit the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion in Boston for its U.S premiere in 2006, the opera was also performed in Germany in 2005.
Just like the play, the Television miniseries based on the play also caused quite a stir in the ratings and earned critical acclaim. The miniseries hit the TV screens for the first time in on December 7, 2003 from where it went on to receive international acclaim. After earning the title of being the most watched Television Miniseries, Angels in America went on to claim an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as well. The miniseries starred Jeffrey Wright, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Justin Kirk, Patrick Wilson, Ben Shenkman and Mary Louise Parker.
In whichever forms the play was presented, it emerged as success story thanks to its strong plot. So if you’ve been missing out on this theatrical delight for some reason for all that time, with our cheap Angels in America tickets you can catch the show live in an affordable way.