Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) will honor Javier Muñoz, Broadway star in the lead role in “Hamilton: An American Musical,” with the 2016 Howard Ashman Award, for his activism in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In 2002, Javier was diagnosed with HIV and he continues to speak out about his status—particularly in the media—because of the stigma directed at people living with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds from the cabaret will support GMHC’s programs, services, and advocacy, which benefit approximately 10,000 clients every year.
The Howard Ashman Award is named after the Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin who passed away due to AIDS-related complications in 1991. Through celebrating Ashman and honoring Muñoz, the Broadway community will share a critical message: We must never forget the people AIDS has taken from us, and in that remembrance we must draw strength and inspiration to keep fighting the epidemic.
Expect some special surprise guests!