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It is spring of 1981, and messages are exchanged between Sonny and Neal on their new updated answering machine in their apartment. Guests arrive and the fourth anniversary of Neal and Sonny is celebrated.
Celebrations continue with alcohol and other drugs.
But tensions and divisions between Sonny's and Neal's friends put a damper on the evening and leave Sonny and Neal to argue over their differences.
FRIENDS... YOUR FRIENDS
Weeks later, Neal leaves a message on their answering machine apologizing for missing Sonny’s most recent art opening. He is stuck out of town with business as he now works for Tucker. But Sonny makes light of Neal's new travel heavy life as an ad exec.
A GOOD TIME
A month later, Neal and Sonny plan their first big vacation - a cruise - and realize how their relationships with their fathers influence their relationship with each other.
Another month later, as Sonny packs for the cruise, Russell jokes of going with them and daydreams of his chance encounter with his one true love while on the cruise.
As the number ends, Sonny suddenly collapses into Russell.
Russell leaves a message on the machine informing Neal that he is in the hospital with Sonny. A week later, Neal and Russell arrive home with Sonny and all are confused and scared. They are face to face with a foreign disease which seems to be migrating amongst the gay community. When Sonny apologizes to Neal for screwing up their vacation, Neal realizes and voices his committed dependency and love for Sonny.
The fear and reality of A.I.D.S. quickly begins to reverberate in the community (OTHER VOICES REPRISE) and as Sonny fears of his death (WONDERS REPRISE) Neal rushes to his side to comfort him and reassure him that they will endure.
and the entire cast joins from the bar, from the streets, to proclaim their unity and strength.
END OF SHOW
vocal credits: Gerald McCullouch, Jay Rogers, Randall Willis, Ritchie Crownfield, Dik Holland, David Mimms, Lemuel Pitts, Mark Wood, Alan Altizer