With the growing use of Truvada for PrEP and advances in the treatment of HIV, many young gay men now say that they can live without fear of AIDS. What a monumental shift in so short a time! To me, that means it's time for a close re-read of Angels in America. Tony Kushner's landmark drama brought the fight against AIDS to the front of American consciousness after a harrowing decade of willful ignorance. Watching from 2018 feels like watching a sinking ship from a helicopter (that may or may not crash), but there is so much to learn from our new perspective.— Jalen
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.
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)
Based on the National Theatre production, directed by Marianne Elliott.
Music by Adrian Sutton.
© 1992 by Tony Kushner | Production copyright: 2019 Penguin Random House Audio
Cover art © Ryan Hopkinson
About the Author
Tony Kushner's plays include Angels in America; A Bright Room Called Day; Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Browne; The Illusion, adapted from the play by Pierre Corneille; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols's film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg's Munich and Lincoln. He is the author of three books and the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.