Theater fans were ecstatic when it was announced that the National Theatre production of Angels in America would be making the transfer to Broadway next year, but it was bittersweet when it was revealed that Russell Tovey would not be joining his other famous co-stars like Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane when the show hops the pond.
Today it was announced that Lee Pace would be replacing Tovey as closeted mormon Joe Pitt. Pace is most known for his roles on TV series like Pushing Daisies and Halt and Catch Fire, and in the series of The Hobbit movies and Guardians of the Galaxy.
He made his Broadway debut in the 2011 revival of The Normal Heart, playing the role of Bruce Niles.
Performances of Angels in America will begin February 23 for a limited 18-week engagement at the Neil Simon Theater with opening night scheduled for Wednesday, March 21.
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.