Announcement for 2022 GMHC Cabaret and Howard Ashman Award

GMHC Cabaret & Howard Ashman Award

We hope you’ll join us as we honor Lea DeLaria—comedian, actress, and jazz musician—at the 2022 GMHC Cabaret & Howard Ashman Award on Thursday, March 24 at Joe’s Pub in New York City.



The GMHC Cabaret is a star-studded event featuring Broadway stars and celebrities performing musical selections. The evening includes the Howard Ashman Award, named for the Oscar and Grammy winning lyricist who passed away in 1991 from AIDS-related complications.

Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her three-time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as ‘Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black’ in the Netflix hit series “Orange is the New Black.” However, DeLaria’s multi-faceted career has in fact spanned decades. Lea holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America which led to countless television and film roles.

In addition to her work on-screen, Lea has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label and her book “Lea’s Book of Rules for the World” is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell. Her sixth record, House Of David delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in the summer of 2015 to critical acclaim.

Along with her years of entertainment work, she started volunteering in the 1980s/90s to help gay men who were dying of AIDS in Provincetown where she was performing. Lea continues to be a dedicated LGBTQ+ activist. She remains committed to being of service in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and ensuring the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

We are thrilled to present her with this year’s Howard Ashman Award.

For in-person tickets to the event, please visit Joe’s Pub.

For virtual tickets to the live stream, or to make a contribution, please click here.

Effective January 21, 2022, until further notice, Joe’s Pub requires proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination AND proof of a booster dose by the date of attendance for access to the facility, theaters, and restaurant. These protocols are subject to change. Please visit the Joe’s Pub Health & Safety Update page for more information.

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