Kushner's Angels in America Film Debuts in Two Parts on HBO, Dec. 7 and 14

News   Kushner's Angels in America Film Debuts in Two Parts on HBO, Dec. 7 and 14 Tony Kushner's screen adaptation of his two-part epic play Angels in America will debut on HBO Dec. 7 and 14, a spokesperson confirmed. The star-studded cast of the film will feature Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justin Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Patrick Wilson, James Cromwell, Michael Gambon and Simon Callow.
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The pay cable service will air the Mike Nichols-directed movie in two three-hour segments on successive Sundays 8-11PM (ET). Check your local listings. Kushner's stage works, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika, won the Best Play Tony Awards in 1993 and 1994, respectively. The first half of the theatrical epic which centered on AIDS, religion, family, sexuality, spirituality and politics, was also won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

The Broadway cast included Ellen McLaughlin as the Angel, Ron Leibman as Roy Cohn, Stephen Spinella as Prior Walter, Joe Mantello as Louis Ironson, Marcia Gay Harden as Harper Pitt, David Marshall Grant as Joe Pitt, Kathleen Chalfant as Hannah Pitt and Jeffrey Wright in a variety of roles, including the former drag queen Belize.

Wright, who won a Tony Award for his turn in Perestroika, is the only original Broadway cast member to appear in the HBO production. He appears as Belize opposite Al Pacino as Roy Cohn, Meryl Streep as Hannah Pitt, Emma Thompson as the Angel, Mary-Louise Parker as Harper Pitt, Justin Kirk as Prior Walter, Ben Shenkman as Louis Ironson, Patrick Wilson as Joe Pitt, James Cromwell as Henry and Michael Gambon and Simon Callow in featured roles as Priors.

Kushner has adapted his own play for the HBO version, which is executive produced by Cary Brokaw with Nichols. Mike Haley co-executive produces and Celia Costas produces.

For more information, visit HBO online at www.hbo.com.