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Angels in America

A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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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 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.

Cover art © Ryan Hopkinson

©1992 Tony Kushner (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Brilliant

An amazing play given a pitch perfect audio account. This is one to listen to

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Almost as wonderful as seeing it on stage!

I went to see the NT Live showing of this at the cinema and it was fantastic, utterly breathtaking and moving. It’s brilliant that they have done this recording - I wish they’d release the NT Live show on DVD too. The performances are just as moving and funny as they are on stage and the play itself, if you don’t know it, is truly brilliant. I can’t say anything without spoiling it but I think everyone on earth should be forced to sit down and listen to this. It’s incredibly deep and insightful and beautiful.

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  • AJ
  • 22-11-19

Modern classic

Engaging and as relevant as ever, alongside its historical resonance. A great cast who brought the audio recording alive.

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Excellent production and conversion to audiobook

I really enjoyed this audiobook adaption! it was so easy to follow he stage production with this narration

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My mind is blown

I struggled to visualise many of the more dream like sequences and fantastical elements of the play. But loved the performances and the overall pacing of the play and reading

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  • Dan B.
  • 22-05-19

Cast of Angels

I attended this show in NYC last year. I have been walking on air ever since. joyful and uplifting. earnest and crippling. The AIDS epidemic is America's tragedy and one that killed so many, who should never be forgotten. worth the read, watch, listen, and ponder again and again.

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  • Just A Book Person
  • 23-09-19

Thank you for creating this for audio!

I saw this over 20 years ago. Wonderful to hear it again. Overwhelming emotions once again! Great cast! I wish they would do this with more plays!

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  • Sheri South
  • 29-05-19

Perfect Storytelling

I saw the show on Broadway in June 2018 right before it closed. This cast brings Tony Kushner’s iconic work magically, perfectly to life. When this Audi book production was announced, I immediately pre-ordered it. While it’s not the same experience as a theater production (obviously), it’s damn close. Andrew Garfield’s Prior Walter breaks my heart now just as much as during the play. Nathan Lane’s Roy Cohn is despicable and pathetic. Denise Gough’s Harper Pitt is amazingly fragile and powerful at the same time. I love this Audible production. It’s everything I hoped it would be.

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  • Thomas
  • 01-01-20

Lacking something

If there is a live recording of this production I would watch it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately the recording lacks the live energy that would make it a great listen. Before you tell me it is a recording and to get over it, consider all the excellent pieces being put out by LA theatre works. It is done and it works.

Already these talented actors are up against memories of great performances in the HBO production. Taking away that live energy as well as the visuals just makes it fall flat. The narration only interrupts the stream of consciousness so essential to the flow of the play.

You can tell that these performances were something to behold onstage. But it is harder to realize in this format. It is a missed opportunity in my book. I hoped for more.

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  • Cindy Petzoldt
  • 16-10-19

Obsessed after seeing a repertory company do this play

I’ve been researching the plays(s) ever since seeing them a couple weeks ago at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Even though the actors are different — and I have trouble separating Nathan Lane the comedic actor from the Roy Cohn character — I really appreciated and enjoyed this performance by the recent Broadway revival cast.

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  • Courtney Bitting
  • 17-09-19

Glad to relive the experience

So happy that this has been recorded for posterity. Although I can’t compare to casts in the past as I was not there to witness them, this ensemble was what I pictured all of these years and so am glad to have this to listen to in perpetuity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-19

It felt like a religious experience

I cannot recommend it enough. I didn't know theatre could be this powerful. Get it immediately.

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  • Annette Bone
  • 18-06-20

LOVED LISTENING

i saw the play 2 times, once in NYC and once in Berkeley. Enjoyed it both times. Listening to it being read helped me understand parts of the play that were confusing to me. It is well worth the time! Tony Kushner is amazing.

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  • paul
  • 17-06-20

Andrew Garfield...

Andrew Garfield’s performance as Prior is probably the worst part of this reading. He’s over acting and playing a total character of a gay man. Totally unrealistic and over done. Other than that this play is amazing Tony Kushner is fabulous!

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  • JOSHUA DAVID
  • 07-04-20

More poignant than ever

A masterpiece of literature and theater, AIA continues to strike a cord with audiences. Bravo to the cast!