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Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland

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Last night, February 29, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens: A Benefit Concert with Bill Russell & Friends. Scroll down for photos!

Lyricist Bill Russell led the night with personal anecdotes about the conception and inspiration of Elegies, and was joined by a star-studded cast of Broadway and Birdland favorites including Josh Young, Caroline Bowman, Karen Mason, Jaime Cepero, Sean MacLaughlin, Natalie Douglas, Nolan Doran, Eleasha Gamble, Elaine Matthews, Natalie Kropf, Jennifer Hope Wills, Kristi Shade, Michael Haas, Mike Longo,and Will Poost. The night was conceptualized by Jill Sapenoff and the intimate orchestra was led by William Waldrop.

Inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Elegies is told from the perspective of characters afflicted with AIDS, their friends and their families. Proceeds from the evening went to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The Broadway at Birdland concert series takes place every Monday night on the historic stage of Birdland. The music room is located in the heart of Manhattan's Theater District.

Photos by Kevin Alvey

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Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Will Poost

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Sean Maclaughlin

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Sean Maclaughlin and Lamar Legend

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Nolan Doran

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Nolan Doran and Sean Maclaughlin

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Natalie Kropf

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Natalie Kropf

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Natalie Douglas

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Natalie Douglas

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Natalie Douglas and Jennifer Hope Wills

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Mike Longo

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Lamar Legend

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Lamar Legend

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Lamar Legend and Sean Maclaughlin

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Kristi Shade

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Karen Mason

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Karen Mason

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Josh Young

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Jennifer Hope Wills

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Jaime Cepero

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Eleasha Gamble

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Sean Maclaughlin and Natalie Kropf

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Elaine Matthews

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
The cast

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
The cast

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Caroline Bowman

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Caroline Bowman and Eleasha Gamble

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Caroline Bowman and Eleasha Gamble

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Bill Russell

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Bill Russell

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Michael Haas

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Caroline Bowman

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Elaine Matthews

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Bill Russell with the cast and orchestra

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
William Waldrop, Kristi Shade, Michael Haas and Bill Russell

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Sean Maclaughlin, Bill Russell and Jill Sapenoff

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Jill Sapenoff and Bill Russell

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Will Poost, Natalie Knropf, Jill Sapenoff and Karen Mason

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Sean Maclaughlin and Lamar Legend

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Natalie Kropf, Nolan Doran, Jennifer Hope Wills, Lamar Legend and Sean Maclaughlin

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Natalie Douglas, Karen Mason and Jim Caruso

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Lamar Legend, Eleasha Gamble, Nolan Doran, Sean Maclaughlin, Jaime Cepero and Elaine Matthews

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Eleasha Gamble and Caroline Bowman

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Elaine Matthews and Sean Maclaughlin

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
Bill Russell and Jim Caruso



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