Get an inside glimpse at Playbill's Remember the Ribbon: A Tribute to World AIDS Day concert, held November 13 at Sony Hall. The fifth annual event benefiting Broadway Cares honors the lives lost due to HIV and AIDS, and the lives that continue to be impacted today.
The benefit, hosted by Playbill and sponsored by Gilead Sciences, was attended by Broadway stars and industry members alike. The evening kicked off with a celebratory red carpet, with attendees including drag queen Brita Filter, playwright Donja R. Love, and influencer Jae Gurley. Then performers and speakers took to the stage to share stories and songs highlighting the experiences of those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have lost loved ones. The night concluded with a dessert buffet DJ set hosted by DJ Mike Borowski.
See photos from the event in the gallery below.
The lineup of the evening's performers and speakers included Shoshana Bean, Julie Halston, Willam Belli, Victor Garber, Dimitri J. Moise, Michael Buchanan, Tim Young, Anne Fraser Thomas, Robbie Torres, Coulby Jenkins, Joe Beauregard, and Darius Wright, as well as Playbill vice president Alex Birsh. Allen René Louis and Shaunice Alexander performed as background vocalists, backed by The Broadway Sings Band: Cynthia Meng (music director/keys), Yuka Tadano (bass), Andy Buslovich (guitar), Sasha Ono (cello), & Emma Ford (drums).
Remember the Ribbon: A Tribute to World AIDS Day will stream live on December 1; stay tuned for more information.
The event was directed by Bryan Campione and Leonard Rodino, with music production by Corey Mach and choreography by Sidney Erik Wright. Musical arrangements are by Cynthia Meng and Joshua Stephen Kartes, with vocal arrangements by Allen René Louis. Sydney Steele served as production stage manager, with Kevin McConville and Mason Huse as associate stage managers, Imani Denson-Pittman and Ned Cían Gaynor as production associates, general management by Showtown Theatricals, red carpet publicity by Emily McGill, technical production by Sony Hall, event filming production by Moritz Worldwide Productions, and event photography by Michael Hull and Valerie Terranova. Additional event producers included Joshua Stone, Jolie Schaffzin, Jim Cairl, and Lane Beauchamp.
Playbill presents Remember the Ribbon: A Tribute to World AIDS Day thanks to premier sponsor Gilead Sciences and presented in part by Fellow Travelers - Streaming with the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME® plan, with additional support from Hotel Edison and Sony Hall.