The Great White Way is going to be busier than ever next year.
In addition to highly anticipated shows like the Mean Girls musical, Frozen and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it was announced today that the National Theatre’s production of Angels in America will transfer from London to Broadway for the 2018 season.
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Performances will begin a limited 18-week engagement February 23 at the Neil Simon Theater with opening night scheduled for Wednesday, March 21.
Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane will reprise their roles from the London production, but it looks like Russell Tovey will be absent when the play hops the pond.
This won’t be the first time that American audiences have had a chance to catch the London revival. The production was broadcast in theaters around the country earlier this summer.
Angels in America has been hailed as one of the greatest plays of the the last century since its Broadway debut in 1993. It was adapted into an award-winning mini-series for HBO, and the most recent high-profile staging of the play was the 2010 Signature Theater production in New York starring Christian Borle, Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter.
“I feel tremendously grateful and healthily daunted at the prospect of being back in a rehearsal room at the National Theatre to attempt to scale the mountain of Tony Kushner’s masterpiece Angels in America,” said Garfield who plays the lead role of Prior Walter, during rehearsals for the London run. “What a gift to work on and offer up this play that feels so urgent at this very moment, for all of our souls.”
The production is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner Marianne Elliott, whose previous credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse.