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GMHC to Honor Actor and Activist Michael Urie

Urie will be honored at annual GMHC Cabaret & Howard Ashman Award event at Joe’s Pub; past honorees have included Terrence McNally, Kathy Najimy, and Javier Muñoz

For Immediate Release

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Tickets for the December 16 performance now available:


New York (November 16, 2018)—Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) will honor multitalented performer and director Michael Urie, currently starring on Broadway in Torch Song, with the 2018 Howard Ashman Award for his contributions to the LGBT community and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Urie will be presented with the award by Harvey Fierstein, the writer and original star of Torch Song Trilogy, which Fierstein re-worked to create the current Broadway production of Torch Song.

Urie has been a fierce advocate for the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities for more than a decade, appearing at major AIDS Walks around the country; helping to raise vital funds for AIDS service organizations, including GMHC; and portraying characters living with HIV/AIDS, such as Prior Walter in the Signature Theater’s acclaimed 2010 production of Angels in America.

"GMHC has long been a beacon of hope. From the terrifying early days of the epidemic to the confusing present when everyone’s basic rights are at risk, GMHC has had our backs,” Urie said. “That my small part in the fight means anything to them is humbling and extremely rewarding. They are heroes and I am proud to stand with them."

Proceeds from the cabaret will directly support GMHC’s lifesaving programs, which benefit more than 13,000 clients living with or affected by HIV/AIDS each year through testing, prevention, mental health, substance use, legal, housing, and nutrition services.

The Howard Ashman Award is named for the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award-winning lyricist of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Little Shop of Horrors who died of AIDS-related complications in 1991.

"We’re so proud to have Michael Urie on our side as we work to keep HIV/AIDS in the spotlight, and as we strive to engage a new generation with the important work we do every single day on behalf of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS,” said GMHC Kelsey Louie. “Michael understands the past, present, and future of the epidemic, and has approached his activism in the same thoughtful way he approaches his incredible career in entertainment. And he, like many in the Broadway community, is an important member of the GMHC family of supporters."

Performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Past appearances by: Kristin Chenoweth, Mary-Louise Parker, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chita Rivera, Lillias White, Judith Light, Tyne Daly, Bruce Cohen, Christine Lahti, Sierra Boggess, Seth Rudetsky, Amanda Green, Tituss Burgess, Bob the Drag Queen, and many more…



GMHC Cabaret 2018


WHO:  Michael Urie; full performer list to be announced soon
WHAT:  2018 GMHC Cabaret & Howard Ashman Award, benefiting GMHC
WHEN:  Sunday, December 16, 2018

7:00 – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
TICKETS: Tickets start at $150 and can be purchased via the Joe’s Pub site:


PRESS CALL: 6:00pm at Joe’s Pub




About GMHC
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 13,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health, and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state, and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit