Maybe angels are real after all.
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Tony Kushner’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork set at the dawn of the AIDS crisis, is back on Broadway 25 years after its New York premiere. An epic in two parts, the play responds to the Reagan administration willfully ignoring the deaths of thousands of gay men.
Producers of the timely revival, one of Broadway’s hottest tickets, have announced that they will provide $5 tickets to New York City-based LGBT and HIV/AIDS service organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, SAGE, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and the LGBTQ Center, Playbill reports.
Hundreds of discounted tickets will be subsidized by the newly established Angels Fund, supported in part by the Howard Gilman Foundation and SHS Foundation.
“We wanted to make sure that individuals who are most directly connected to the content of the show, but who couldn’t afford full-priced tickets, had the opportunity to see it at an affordable price,” said producer Tim Levy in a statement. “We wanted to be able to share ‘The Great Work’ with those in the community who are actually doing The Great Work.”
“Everyone should have the opportunity to experience art as important, topical, and challenging as Angels in America,” says GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “Thanks to the Angels Fund and the National Theatre, many of our clients and staff will be able to see the production.”
“Angels in America is a searing reflection of how we dare to love each other, as our best, worst and most exhilarating selves,” adds BC/EFA executive director Tom Viola. “I thank the producers for sharing that mirror with Broadway Cares, our staff and volunteers. We are blessed and ripped open by the experience.”
Fresh from a sold-out run at London’s National Theatre, the Broadway production recently earned a record-breaking 11 Tony nominations, including recognition for headliners Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane.
Directed by Marianne Elliott, Angels in America also stars Lee Pace, Denise Gough, Susan Brown, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Amanda Lawrence, and Beth Malone.
Angels in America runs through July 15 at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York.