Playbill commemorated World AIDS Day with the third annual Remember the Ribbon: A Tribute to World AIDS Day
benefit concert November 7 at Sony Hall in NYC. Sponsored by Gilead
Sciences with support from Hotel Edison and Sony Hall, the event will
subsequently stream on Playbill December 1–3. Proceeds from the
live event and the stream benefit GLAAD.
ABC7 entertainment correspondent and Plus Life Media co-founder Karl Schmid hosted the evening with appearances by Carolee Carmello (1776), André Jordan (Diana The Musical), Darius Anthony Harper (Kinky Boots), Colin Cunliffe (Paradise Square), and Anthony Wayne (Tina), along with the Broadway Sings Band and TONEWALL. The evening also featured virtual appearances from Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose and Judith Light.
The event, which celebrates, pays tribute to, and remembers those affected by HIV and AIDS along with sharing the latest from the work around HIV awareness, education, and care, included remarks from guest speakers Maria Di Dia, Alex Birsh, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, and GLAAD Senior Director of Communications Tony Morrison, along with special guests Quentin Bell, Tatiana Williams, Jasmine Davis, and representatives from Gilead Sciences.
Check out photos from the evening below:
Remember the Ribbon was co-directed by Bryan Campione and
Leonard Rodino, with music by Broadway Sings, led by producer Corey Mach
and music director Joshua Stephen Kartes.
Performers were backed by a band including Kartes on keys, Colin Dean on bass, Nick Anton on guitar, and Zachary Eldridge on drums. Sydney Steele served as stage manager, with technical production by Sony Hall and event filming by Michael Moritz Productions.
"Playbill is proud to host Remember the Ribbon for our third year, as we continue to honor our beloved friends, members of our community, and beyond who have been affected by HIV and AIDS," shared Playbill Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alex Birsh. "We so look forward to spending the evening with GLAAD and our sponsors, Gilead Sciences and the Edison Hotel, without whom the night would not be possible."
Remember the Ribbon will stream December 1–3 on Playbill.com and on Playbill's YouTube channel, with an embedded donation button allowing audiences to make tax-deductible donations supporting GLAAD's work in HIV advocacy, and research.
Visit GileadHIV.com to view all of the latest resources on the HIV epidemic in the U.S.
For more information on Remember the Ribbon and GLAAD, visit Playbill.com/Ribbon.