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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens - Full Length Musical

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Bill Russell, Janet Hood

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Full Length Musical

20m, 11f

ISBN: 9780573695698

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Janet Hood

A celebration of lives lost to AIDS told in free verse monologues with a blues, jazz and rock score.

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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. It is often performed as a benefit for fund raising and consciousness raising.

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"Dramatic." - Spectator

"Immensely powerful.... The songs are uniformly good; the final song is sensational." - Financial Times

"Bursts with humor, rage and hope." - Backstage

"Generates a feeling of love, humanity and common cause that sends you out glowing." - Glasgow Herald



20m, 11f


Expandable casting, Room for Extras


Cast can expand up to 25 males and 16 females

Rental Materials
8 Piano/Vocal Score
Song Samples

Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

I'm Holding On to You

And the Rain Keeps Falling Down

I Don't Do That Anymore

I Don't Know How to Help You


Heroes All Around

Spend It While You Can

My Brother Lived in San Francisco

Learning to Let Go

Bill Russell

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. He also directed that show at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul and Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Russell co-wrote the book and lyrics for Off-Broadway’s long-running musical Pageant ... view full profile

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James Usher 09/01/2014 10:18
Amazing piece of musical theatre; designed to teach thru entertainment; perhaps the best kind of theatre. The AIDS crisis is far from over even though there may be a "cure" around the corner, this piece makes you remember through song, laughter, and yes tears that AIDS is still a real crisis for many.

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