Gay Men’s Health Crisis honors Michael Urie, currently starring on Broadway in the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, with the 2018 Howard Ashman Award for his contributions to the LGBT community and the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Fierstein, the writer and original star of Torch Song Trilogy, is scheduled to present Urie with the award at the 2018 GMHC Cabaret & Howard Ashman Award event, held December 16 at 7 PM at Joe’s Pub. Past honorees include Terrence McNally, Javier Munoz, Kathy Najimy, and Tom Viola.
”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 in an earlier statement.
Ashman was the Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning lyricist for Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin. He died of AIDS in 1991.