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THE BEGINNING OF THE 19808, HIV/AIDS WAS =SCALLED 'THE GAY PLAGUE! - OFTEN IMPLYING IT WAS GAY MEN'S FAULT OR GOD'S PUNISHMENT BY THE END OF THE 19808, THERE ARE NEARLY 20,000 DEA “LDS WENED | “agsearcl— || THE MAR i wor_pyererid | 4 GAVE US AB |_THE NEW YORK TIMES, FRIDAY, JULY 3 1981 | Ak RARE CANCER SEEN | ft IN41 HOMOSEXUALS Jutbreak Occurs Among Mer, | in New York and California —8 Died Inside 2 Years PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF AIDS IN THE GAY POPULATION NEEDED EDUCATION INFORMING PEOPLE HEALTH CRISIS-— FOUNDED BY LARRY IF you really ke him... KRAMER PLAYWRIGHT AND ACTIVIST| nes [VRITTEN BY SARAH WHITFIELD ARRY KRAMER: PLAYWRIGHT AND ACTIVIST, HE FOUGHT FOR RESEARCH, PUBLIC UNDING, EDUCATION AND AWARENESS. THE NORMAL HEART STAGES HIS EXPERIENCE OUR CONTINUED EXISTENCE AS GAY MEN UPON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH IS AT STAKE- UNLESS WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES, WE SHALL DIE. WILLIAM M HOFFMAN'S 1985 PLAY 'as IS! WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO STAGE THE AIDS ISIS ON BROADWAY FFINN'S 3981 MUSICAL, A SEQUEL TO THE 979 IN TROUSERS' EXPLORES THE SOMETHING BAD! HAPPENING TO GAY MEN IONATHAN LARSON'S 1996 MUSICAL. VENT! STAGES DOWNTOWN NEW YORK AND THE IMPACT OF HIV/AIDS. IT WINS THE PULITZER PRIZE LEAVING A MARK - FELIX GONZALES WHILE ART ISERVED TO PROVOKE ANGER, ACTION AWARENESS, EMPATHY OR INDERSTANDING. ... GOVERNMENT, AND IN PARTICULAR PRESIDENT. REAGAN STAYED QUIET TORRES (1991) Wve SICA MICHAEL BENNE IBENNETT IS ONE OF BROADWAY'S N)} AWARDS AND WAS NOMINATED FOR ANOTHER 11. WWE DIED OF HIV/AIDS IN 1987, AND LEFT A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF HIS ESTATE TO MEDICAL RESEARCH FOR. THE CONDITION. HE CHOREOGRAPHED TWO SONDHEIM SHOWS, COMPANY AND FOLLIES (WHICH HE CO-DIRECTED WITH HAL PRINCE) ef \ i Z \ Loe BENNETT WAS ONLY 44 WHEN HE DIED IN. JULY 1987 FROM AIDS RELATED LYMPHOMA HE REMAINS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS IREMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO BROADWAY LIFE, CHORUS LINE GooDeyYEe MICHAEL —_ HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE, SONDHEIM ISANG 'MOVE ON! FROM SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORG: ROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS HAS RAISED $285 MILLION DOLLARS FOR ERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH AIDS, HIV, OB HIV RELATED ILLNESSES “ ae j ae xo SHT.DO WHATEVER YOU CAN] IMAGINE. OEMANO * a THE AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT HAS 48,000 PANELS AND IS TOO BIG TO EVER BE DISPLAYED IN A MUSEUM Ee] NDHEIM'S MUSIC WAS USED FOR A JARITY PERFORMANCE IN 1989 AT URY LANE, LONDON, BY THE ISSOCIATION OF ARTISTS AGAINST AIDS SONDHEIM DID NOT OME OUT PUBLICALLY INTIL 1998 MANY PEOPLE WHO |SAW INTO THE Woops IN 1987 FELT THAT THE GIANT’S INDISCRIMINATE KILLING REPRESENTED WHAT WAS HAPPENING JOUTSIDE OF THE THEATRE, ITHIS 15 SOMETHING WHICH SONDHEIM HAS DENIED. BUT THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN BY JYAMES LAPINE WHO |ALSO WeoTe FALSETTOS WITH WILLIAM FINN. |HOW MUCH CONTROL OVER WHAT THe STORY REPRESENTS DOES ISONDHEIM HAVE? |HOW MUCH WAS ISONDHEIM ABLE TO BE OPEN ABOUT HIS INTENTIONS — CONSIDERING HE DION‘T] COME OUT UNTIL 1998 IBEING GAY IN A BROAPWAY MUSICAL LOOK LIKE? ZONDHEIM'S MUSIS ANE THE LEBTO COMMUNITY... ALL THIS INEXT WEEK: INTO THE 908 ANP BEYOND... WHAT POES: ANP MORE