Today, producers of one of Broadway’s most anticipated revivals announced a new addition. As the newest cast member of Angels in America Lee Pace will play Joe Pitt, the closeted law clerk of Roy Cohn.
The Broadway revival is based on the London National Theatre’s production. The London version was released to movie theaters around the world this July. While the Broadway version retains most of the same cast — including Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter and Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn — Russell Tovey played Joe Pitt in that version. Tovey was unfortunately the only cast member to have a scheduling conflict for the Broadway run, so enter Lee Pace.
Pace is best known for his roles in Pushing Daisies, Halt and Catch Fire and The Hobbit. He also played Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy. Pace has a number of stage bonafides as well; he debuted on Broadway in 2011 in The Normal Heart.
There was a minor controversy over the London run. In the press leading up to the run, Garfield said, “Every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch [RuPaul’s Drag Race]. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act — that’s all.”
His comment about being a “gay man without the physical act” didn’t go over very well with the queer community. As Alaska Thunderfuck told us, “I think the bigger issue is that straight guys keep getting cast in iconic gay roles. Hollywood is always so impressed that a straight male can play a trans person or a gay person. But I’d be more impressed if that opportunity were given to one of the thousands of talented, overlooked, underrepresented trans or gay actors out there.”
Though, we have to agree with voice actor Jamie McGonnigal‘s summing up of what happened:
The Andrew Garfield Gay Drama in a nutshell: pic.twitter.com/4ObXbOWGLD
— Jamie McGonnigal (@McBenefit) July 6, 2017
New cast member of Angels in America Lee Pace opens at the Neil Simon Theatre on March 25.
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