How quickly we’ve morphed, since the red-ribbon orgy that was the 1993 Tony Awards telecast honoring “Angels in America,” to last night’s program—in which AIDS was never mentioned. One consolation: the long-overdue triumph of HIV-positive dance visionary Bill T. Jones, named best choreographer for “Spring Awakening,” who has fused his own journey with the virus into landmark works. In accepting his award, he made oblique, passing reference to his personal and artistic partner, Arnie Zane, who died from AIDS. But their works live on—for an audience just waiting to be awakened.
Dance Visionary Bill T. Jones Wins a Tony