A Marathon Opening Day (and Night) for ‘Angels in America’ Leave a comment

If they gave out Tonys for Broadway’s longest opening night, it would have to go to the new revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” which had its debut on Sunday.

Presented in two parts with a running time of more than seven hours, not including four intermissions, a V.I.P. dinner at Orso and an after-party, the day began at noon and was still going at midnight.

Could Jordan Roth, the play’s producer, recall another show where he’d conceived of asking for such a big chunk of time from such a plutocratic and perpetually impatient crowd?

“Never,” he said, sometime around 4 p.m., just as Part 1, “Millennium Approaches,” ended.

The surprise was that theatergoers like Frances McDormand, who had RSVPed only to Part 1, were now asking for seats for Part 2, “Perestroika.” (Luckily, Mr. Roth found her a seat.)

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