Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches

Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches

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Angels in America: Millenium Approaches was commissioned and developed by two California Theaters, Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum, where it received its initial workshop in May 1990, and San Francisco’s Eureka Theater, where it was produced the subsequent year. A London production followed shortly thereafter, running for a year at the National Theater. Parts One and Two, Millenium Approaches and Perestroika, opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater in 1993, in productions directed by George C. Wolfe. The shows played in repertory starting in November, and closed on December 4, 1994. Both were awarded the Tony Awards for Best Play and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Play in 1993 and 1994 respectively.

Angels launched legendary playwright Tony Kushner’s career, and, according to Mike Boehm of the LA Times, “There's a fairly broad consensus that it is the greatest American play of the last third of the 20th century — and that nothing has happened in the 21st to rival it.” The printed version has sold over a half a million copies, and the play is a staple in high school English classes around the country, as well as continuing to be produced regularly on every level of America’s stages.

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