Angels in America is the first project to be developed by Nichols, together with executive producer Brokaw (who teamed with Nichols for the Emmy®-winning HBO Films production "Wit"), as part of the previously announced first-look deal with HBO for original and adapted material for TV long-form projects.
Newsweek hailed the stage production of "Angels in America," observing, "The entire work is the broadest, deepest, most searching American play of our time." In late 1998, London's National Theatre selected "Angels in America" as one of the ten best plays of the century.
The two parts of "Angels in America" won a variety of prestigious theater awards during their Broadway runs in 1993 and 1994. "Millennium Approaches" won four Tony Awards, for Play (Tony Kushner), Director (George C. Wolfe), Actor (Ron Leibman) and Featured Actor (Stephen Spinella), as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Drama Desk Awards, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. "Perestroika" won three 1994 Tony Awards, for Play (Tony Kushner), Actor (Stephen Spinella) and Featured Actor (Jeffrey Wright), as well as three Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards.