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Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Cast & Creative

Set in late 1985 and early 1986, as the first wave of the AIDS epidemic in America is escalating and Ronald Reagan has been elected to a second term in the White House, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika bring together a young gay man with AIDS and his frightened, unfaithful lover; a closeted Mormon lawyer and his valium-addicted wife; the infamous New York lawyer Roy Cohn; an African-American male nurse; a Mormon housewife from Utah; and a steel-winged, prophecy-bearing angel; as well as the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, an ancient rabbi, the world's oldest living Bolshevik and a Reagan administration functionary, among many others -- all played by a company of eight actors. The lives of these disparate characters intersect, intertwine, collide and are blown apart during a time of heartbreak, reaction and transformation. Ranging from earth to heaven, from the political to the intimate to the visionary and supernatural.

Please note: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika will be performed in repertory. To get tickets to Perestroika, click here.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Apr. 24, 2011.

Show Overview

About Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

What Is the Story of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches?
In the first part of Tony Kushner’s epic drama of gay life in mid-1980s America, eight characters are introduced who intersect through seven riveting hours of theater. (Millennium Approaches runs three hours; Perestroika runs three hours and 40 minutes; both plays have two intermissions.) Joe and Harper Pitt are an attractive young Mormon couple who moved from Utah to Brooklyn for his job as law clerk to a conservative judge. Harper is a Valium addict; Joe is a closeted gay man. Meanwhile, Prior Walter has been diagnosed with AIDS and his longtime lover, Louis Ironson, can’t cope with caring for a gravely ill partner. At St. Vincent’s Hospital, an African American nurse known as Belize (who happens to be Prior’s previous lover) reluctantly cares for notorious lawyer Roy Cohn, an AIDS patient who enters the hospital claiming to be suffering from liver cancer. Cohn receives ghostly visitations from Ethel Rosenberg, the woman he helped send to the electric chair for spying. The final character is an angel who (literally) crashes through Prior’s ceiling during an illness-induced vision.


Louis Ironson
Prior Walter
Joe Pitt
Keira Keeley
Harper Pitt
Lynne McCollough
Hannah Pitt
Roy M. Cohn
Sofia Jean Gomez
The Angel


Written by
Tony Kushner
Michael Greif
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