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Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4630 (Published 08 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4630
  1. Richard Hurley, assistant magazine editor, BMJ
  1. rhurley{at}bmj.com

    Today, a piece of musical theatre about people who have died from AIDS might be considered in poor taste, but this work is joyous and inspiring. In rhyming monologues and song, Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens tells the stories of some 30 people who have died from AIDS. It’s glitzy and gauche, with slick choreography, rousing group anthems, sentimental spotlit solos, and key changes a plenty. More than that, though, it reminds us that the HIV epidemic is about millions of individual people with their …

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