“Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes”
Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
I have had many great experiences in my life and three of them have to do with Tony Kushner’s masterpiece. “Angels in America”. The first was getting to see the original on Broadway with the Broadway cast. I believe I sat there with mouth agape for the entire performance. The second was watching the HBO production with an all star cast (I still watch this version faithfully on DVD at least once a year). Then the third was watching this version in Brookline, Massachusetts on the screen of the Coolidge Corner Theater about two years ago and many years after the original. It had not lost any of its power and the actors were all sublime. I had hoped that there would be a DVD release of the National Theatre’s production but as of yet, there has only been this CD. I am not complaining—- this CD is brilliant all the way through
In this production, adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National Theatre revival. It adds a narration by Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco, and a musical score by Adrian Sutton, and it is a compelling and immersive theatrical listening experience.
Kushner’s drama is a complex and insightful look into identity, community, justice, and redemption. New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, and heaven and hell as the AIDS crisis intensifies during a time of political reaction–the Reagan Republican counterrevolution of the 1980s.
The full cast is made up of:
Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter
Nathan Lane as Roy M. Cohn
Susan Brown as Hannah Pitt
Denise Gough as Harper Pitt
Beth Malone as The Angel
James McArdle as Louis Ironson
Lee Pace as Joseph Pitt
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Belize
With narration by
Bobby Cannavale (“Millennium Approaches”)
Edie Falco (“Perestroika”)
The National Theatre production was directed by Marianne Elliott.