Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) will honor Tony award nominee Andrew Rannells with the 2019 Howard Ashman Award for his contributions to the LGBT community and his continuing effort in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The award will be presented to Rannells on April 29, 2019 at the GMHC annual Cabaret event at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. His fellow Broadway stars Nikki James, Jarrod Spector, and Alysha Umpress will honor him. The night’s music will be lead by Lance Horn and there will also be a performance by Rannells.
2005’s Hairspray is where Andrew Rannells first made his Broadway debut and has bene and outspoken advocate for LGBT rights since his early days acting in New York City. Said Rannells of the GMHC: “GMHC was the first AIDS service organization, created by the people of New York to serve the people of New York, and as a New Yorker I'm proud to support the folks who are continuing to fight the good fight...”
Proceeds from the event will help to benefit the GMHC’s lifesaving programs that benefit more than 13,000 clients living with or are affected by HIV/AIDS.