Playbill Is Now Streaming "Remember The Ribbon: A Tribute To World Aids Day"

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To commemorate World AIDS Day, Playbill presents its third-annual Remember the Ribbon: A Tribute to World AIDS Day concert event, sponsored by Gilead Sciences, Hotel Edison and Sony Hall, is now airing on from December 1-3, 2022.

Benefiting the LGBTQ advocacy organization, GLAAD, the event was filmed in front of a live audience on November 7, 2022 at Sony Hall in NYC.

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The evening celebrates, pays tribute to, and remembers all those affected by HIV and AIDS, featuring appearances from Academy Award-winner ARIANA DEBOSE (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), GLAAD Excellence in Media Award Honoree JUDITH LIGHT (Thérèse Raquin), NIAD Director DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, a special audience moment with the legendary Tony-Award Winning CHITA RIVERA, and more.

Hosted by KARL J. SCHMID (Entertainment Correspondent, ABC & host/co-founder (+Life Media), participants include Tony Award-nominee actress CAROLEE CARMELLO (1776), ANDRÉ JORDAN (Diana the Musical), DARIUS ANTHONY HARPER (Kinky Boots 1st. National Tour), COLIN CUNLIFFE (Paradise Square), and ANTHONY WAYNE (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), with guest speakers ALEX BIRSH (VP & COO, Playbill), ANDREA PORZIO (Senior Director, HIV Franchise, Gilead Sciences), SARAH KATE ELLIS (President & CEO, GLAAD), TONY MORRISON (Senior Director of Communications, GLAAD & host, Plus Life Media's "Truth Be Told"), and MARIA DI DIA, as well as special guests QUENTIN BELL (Executive Director, The Knights & Orchids Society), TATIANA WILLIAMS (Executive Director, Transinclusive Group), and JASMINE DAVIS (CrescentCare) who share their incredible work in HIV awareness, education and care. Special performances are also presented by TONEWALL, and BROADWAY SINGS.

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During the event, the first-ever Ribbon Award was also awarded as a surprise to host KARL SCHMID. Presented by DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, the award "designates the honoree as a leader in research, activism, and/or outreach, honors their commitment in stopping the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS, and their commitment in helping find a cure for HIV and AIDS". Virtual congratulations were shared with Karl by ALAN CUMMING (Broadway TV actor), GREG LOUGANIS (Actor, Author, Motivational Speaker & Iconic Olympian), BRUCE RICHMAN (Founding Executive Director of Prevention Access "U=U" Campaign), MARC MALKIN (Senior Culture & Events Editor, Variety), ELLEN LEYVA (Co-anchor, ABC7 Los Angeles), and Schmid's parents, HELMUT & JULIA SCHMID. 

Written by BRYAN CAMPIONE, the event was co-directed by CAMPIONE and LEONARD RODINO, with music by the Broadway Sings Band (COREY MACH [producer], JOSHUA STEPHEN KARTES [music director / keys], COLIN DEAN [bass], NICK ANTON [guitar], ZACHARY ELDRIDGE [drums]).  SYDNEY STEELE acted as Stage Manager, with technical production by SONY HALL, event filming by MICHAEL MORITZ PRODUCTIONS and additional videography by DAN SHEIN. The virtual event has additional video editing/production by ROBERTO ARAUJO, and the digital Playbill program was created by RODINO and DEAN GREER.

Special thanks also go to: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Liquid Dreams, Lisa Cohen & Wilson Media, The Playbill Store, Playbill Travel, Slate PR, SMITHHOUSE Strategy, Strike Force, and Waterman Sound.

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Remember the Ribbon: A Tribute to World AIDS Day streams on Playbill and Playbill's YouTube page December 1-3, 2022. A donation button will be embedded for audiences to make tax-deductible donations that will support and expand GLAAD's crucial work in HIV advocacy, research and fight against stigma, as the organization pushes for 100% acceptance for those living with HIV today.

QUOTE: "Playbill is proud to host Remember the Ribbon for our third year, as we continue to honor our beloved friends, members of our community and beyond who have been affected by HIV and AIDS", shares Alex Birsh, Playbill's Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "We so look forward to spending the evening with GLAAD and our sponsors, Gilead Sciences and the Edison Hotel, without whom the night would not be possible." 

QUOTE: "Playbill and the Broadway community have a long and impactful legacy of raising awareness for HIV prevention and treatment. This year's "Remember the Ribbon" event is not only a time to pay tribute to all of those who have been affected by HIV, but it also is a moment to remind the world that people living with HIV, who are on proper treatment, are living healthy and long lives and cannot transmit HIV because undetectable = untransmittable." - GLAAD President & CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis

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The official hashtag for Remember the Ribbon:  #RememberTheRibbon 

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About Playbill

Founded in 1884, Playbill is an internationally known trademark synonymous with theatre and is a symbol of the arts. Playbill Magazine is distributed to every Broadway theatre, most Off-Broadway theaters, and regional theaters and fine arts institutions in over 24 cities across the country. The company's website,, debuted in 1994 and continues to be the most trusted source of theatre news and information on the web, reaching nearly 2 million unique users per month. Playbill Online boasts the popular subsidiaries The Playbill Store, the online-only store for theatre fans; PLAYBILLder, the make-your-own Playbill site; and Playbill Jobs, the premiere job marketplace for the Broadway industry. Playbill Travel was introduced in 2011, focusing on chartering Broadway-themed cruises and additional vacations worldwide. The newest division, Playbill Events, curates and produces in-person and virtual events annually for audiences worldwide. 


Since 1985, GLAAD has transformed into a dynamic LGBTQ media advocacy organization with a critical and outsized role in accelerating acceptance for all members of the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups, including those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Advocating for people living with HIV has never strayed from the core of GLAAD's purpose. Fighting stigma and pushing for 100% acceptance for those living with HIV will continue to be a critical centerpiece of our work and mission. Visit for more and how you can support our work.

About Gilead Sciences

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is proud to sponsor this event. Click here to view all our latest resources on the HIV epidemic in the United States.

About +Life 

+Life is a multi-platform brand including resources, informative articles and a weekly interview series, "Plus Talk." Inspired by founder and on-air journalist Karl Schmid's own story of living with shame and fear of having HIV due to the amount of ignorance and stigma surrounding the virus, the platform is dedicated to eliminating the stigma of HIV, while raising awareness about HIV/AIDS testing, prevention, treatment and education- bringing these conversations mainstream. +Life's content now has more than 11 million views and over 22 million impressions across its channels. A weekly lifestyle series, "Plus Life," airs on ABC's Localish network, entertaining and inspiring viewers with celebrity interviews, health and wellness tips, and motivational stories of people overcoming obstacles and making an impact in their communities. Plus Life Media

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