Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens, the revue of songs by Janet Hood and Bill Russell inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, will be performed in New York City January 18 by a parade of Broadway stars, including Tony winner Alice Ripley, Emily Skinner, and Nick Adams.
Nancy Opel, Nick Cearley, Lauren Molina, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Emily Padgett, Lauren Elder, Luba Mason, and more are also scheduled for the two performances, 7 and 9:30 PM, at Feinstein’s/54 Below supper club. Russell (lyricist/librettist) will host and Hood (composer) will serve as music director.
The songs, including “And the Rain Keeps Falling Down,” “My Brother Lived in San Francisco,” and “Heroes All Around,” were designed to represent the feelings of friends and family members as they deal with the loss of loved ones. Begun in 1987, the quilt now consists of more than 48,000 panels made by those friends and family members to remember those lost to AIDS. The first version of the show was presented at the Ohio Theatre in New York City in 1989, and has been revived and produced across the U.S. and internationally.
Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street, beneath Studio 54, in Manhattan. Tickets, which cost $30 to $75 (plus a $25 food/drink minimum), can be ordered here. Tickets on the day of performance after 4 PM are available only by calling (646) 476-3551.
Ripley has been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess.
Tickets are now also on sale for the Broadway on the High Seas June–July 2019 Odyssey Through the Greek Isles, with a lineup of top Broadway stars to be announced. Call Judy Perl Worldwide for tickets at (844) 561-3625 and visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.