Tom Viola and T. Oliver Reid Honored at Big Apple Performing Arts Gala February 13 | Playbill

Benefits and Galas Tom Viola and T. Oliver Reid Honored at Big Apple Performing Arts Gala February 13

Harmony, featuring performances by Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway, will be held on the Edison Rooftop.

Tom Viola and T. Oliver Reid

Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola receives the Gary Miller Award February 13 at Harmony, the annual gala benefit of Big Apple Performing Arts, home of New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Youth Pride Chorus, and a cappella ensemble Tonewall.

NY1's Frank DiLella hosts the celebration, which begins at 6 PM with cocktails at the Edison Rooftop in Hotel Edison Times Square.

The Gary Miller Award, created in 2015 to honor the founding artistic director of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, is given to honor those whose work has created change in the community. Through Broadway Cares, Viola has spent decades raising awareness and funds to help those with HIV/AIDS.

The evening also honors Hadestown's T. Oliver Reid, co-founder of Black Theater Coalition, with Big Apple Performing Arts' Arts in Action Award, given to an artist who has used his success in the entertainment field to inspire change, typically within the LGBT community.

Dr. Scott Hadland, Chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral, is also set to receive the newly created Community Call to Action Award, recognizing those who have had a significant impact on both the LGBTQ+ and broader communities through dedication, action, and advocacy.

The evening also includes dinner, award presentations, and an auction. Tony-nominated sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway will perform. Ann Hampton Callaway released a new recording paying homage to Peggy Lee, Fever: A Peggy Lee Celebration!, February 10 on Palmetto Records. Liz Callaway’s latest recording, To Steve with Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim, was released in November 2022.

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