The National Theatre’s 2018 Tony Award®‒winning Broadway revival of ANGELS IN AMERICA is now an audiobook

By Luis Diaz | June 12 2019 | Humanities & Social Sciences

Since its premiere in 1991, Angels in America—both Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika—has become one of the most important works of American theater and a staple of theater courses across the country. Its portrait of New Yorkers grappling with the AIDS crisis and complex questions of identity, community, justice, and redemption remains as relevant today as ever, especially as 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Playwright Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize‒winning Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is now available as an audiobook for the first time, narrated by the full cast of the National Theatre’s 2018 Tony Award®‒winning Broadway revival.

Listeners can experience Andrew Garfield’s and Nathan Lane’s award-winning performances as Prior Walter and Roy Cohn. They are joined by the full Broadway cast, as well as Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco, who provide additional narration exclusively for the audiobook.

The full cast includes:
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) and Edie Falco (Perestroika)

In a statement, Kushner said:

“I’ve always been a lucky playwright (kinehora kinehora pooh pooh pooh), never more so than when Marianne Elliot and her cast of monumentally brilliant and brave actors brought Angels In America to London’s National Theatre and then to Broadway. Theater vanishes once the last performance ends, so I count it another stroke of great good fortune that Penguin Random House Audio has transformed this splendid stage production into an experience that’s dramatic and also, in the audiobook’s theater of human voices, novelistic in its intimacy. Listening to it has been for me a rediscovery of the plays.”


Listen to a clip below:



Angels in America
A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
Presenting an original audiobook performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival.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 of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. With narration by Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco, and a musical score by Adrian Sutton, this audiobook is a compelling and immersive theatrical listening experience. A play in two parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes 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. Published to celebrate the Broadway revival, this is a unique opportunity to hear one of the most honored and timeless plays in American history. Full Cast:Andrew Garfield as Prior WalterNathan Lane as Roy M. CohnSusan Brown as Hannah Pitt Denise Gough as Harper PittBeth Malone as The AngelJames McArdle as Louis IronsonLee Pace as Joseph Pitt Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as BelizeWith narration byBobby Cannavale (Millennium Approaches) Edie Falco (Perestroika)Based on the National Theatre production, directed by Marianne Elliott. Music by Adrian Sutton.© 1992 by Tony Kushner | Production copyright: 2019 Penguin Random House AudioCover art © Ryan Hopkinson
May 14, 2019
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