In rhyming monologues and song, Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens tells the stories of some 30 people who have died from AIDS. And then there’s Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens–a sad, funny, extraordinarily moving musical theater piece about people lost. Doors: pm / Show: pm. $ Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens: A Benefit Concert with Bill Russell & Friends. Birdland.

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Panels, primarily created by family or friends of the person commemorated, have been sent from countries all over the world. He also directed that show at the Park Square Theatre in St. I’m Holding On to Elegues.

Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

Displayed again in Washington in Octoberthe quilt had grown to over 20, panels covering 17 acres. The piece has been performed with a different singer or group performing each song, making for a total of Bill Russell Musical Numbers: It’s a wonderful organization. Additional Info A celebration of lives lost to AIDS told in free-verse monologues with a blues, jazz, and rock score, this piece is designed to include the community in a theatrical response to the AIDS crisis.


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The songs tie together the relationships of the characters. Due to constraints of time, space and money, the previous incarnations of Elegies Bill Russell Bill Russell wrote the book and lyrics for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show, receiving a Tony nomination for book and sharing a nomination with composer Henry Krieger for score.

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Basic bleachers have proven very effective as a setting. So they said, ‘How about casting one person in each role? Because the poems portrayed the perspective of characters who had died, they are voiced in past tense.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles. The younger and more energetic the better. Views Read Edit View history. It is often performed as a benefit for fund-raising and cosciousness-raising.

PACO – Ans hispanic teenager, the younger the better. Retrieved from ” https: Janet and I have been graced with many wonderful singers through the various productions of the piece. Cast Size Cast Size 20m, 11f.

The piece has been performed everywhere from small discos to grand theaters, but whatever the situation – simple is best. It was presented to critical acclaim in London at the King’s Head Theatre in and the following year at the Criterion Theatre. The audience quedns be seduced by his charm and beauty.

Theaters come to me and say, ‘We want to do Elegies but we can’t do it with 35 people.


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A cast recording was released on 14 December I couldn’t continue the meeting. Has also been staged using chairs for each actor, bringing to mind the third act of Our Town. They cannot be used to hold auditions, produce the show without a license, or find sheet music for a separate performance.

Init was produced at the King’s Head Theatre in Londonwhere it played for several months. I found the dynamic between the two realms intriguing and became more focused on trying to show a canvas of the many types both infected and affected by AIDS. Two worlds were present on stage, the dead who spoke in verse and the living who sang.

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