Initial casting for the September revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Angels in America” includes Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter, according to two theater executives involved with the Signature Theater Company production.
Mr. Quinto, who played Spock in the 2009 film “Star Trek” and Sylar on the television series “Heroes,” will portray the sarcastic Louis Ironson. Mr. Porter, an actor and singer who has performed in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, has been cast as Belize, the nurse and former drag queen.
The two theater executives, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for Signature, said on Thursday that the company was in talks with the actor Christian Borle to play Prior Walter, a gay man with AIDS, whose health causes his boyfriend, Louis, to leave him. Mr. Borle was nominated for a Tony in 2007 for best featured actor in a musical when he played the teaching assistant Emmett in “Legally Blonde.”
A spokesman for the “Angels” production had no comment on the casting.
The Off Broadway revival will be directed by Michael Greif (“Next to Normal,” “Rent”), and will mark the first time that “Angels” has been produced on a major New York stage since the Broadway production of Parts 1 and 2 closed in December 1994.
The two parts of “Angels” will run in repertory at Signature from Sept. 14 through Dec. 19.
Source: Arts Beat