After a smash run in London’s West End, Tony-winning director Marianne Elliott brings her mounting of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America to Broadway. The 25th anniversary production stars Tony winner Nathan Lane and Tony nominee Andrew Garfield in the two-part epic, which begins performances February 23 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Having performed the play in London, Garfield already knows how impactful the play is on the cast and the audience: “It feels like you go through some big transformation together,” he told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.
Aside from its Pulitzer Prize-winning status, the show is famous for its length: seven-and-a-half hours in total.
“Don’t let that put you off,” urges Garfield. “It’s like binging a Netflix series live.” (Shorter than that, in fact.)
Still, the play is demanding. “I hope never to work as hard as this ever again in my life,” Garfield admits. “I don’t think it could get harder, and simultaneously it could never get more rewarding because the story itself is so hard to sum up.
“It’s about an imagined future; [Tony’s] trying to help us imagine a better future of community of needing each other.”