May 4 marks the anniversary of Millennium Approaches, the first part of Tony Kushner's epic gay fantasia Angels in America. Millennium Approaches opened in 1993 and was joined at the Walter Kerr Theatre in the fall of that year by the second part, Perestroika, where the two halves played in repertory. Millennium Approaches took home the Tony Award for Best Play in 1993, a win that was duplicated by its predecessor the following year.
Set in 1980s New York City, Millenium Approaches follows a gay man who is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, while a closeted Mormon lawyer's marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel.
Flip through photos from the original production below: