Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS observed World AIDS Day by looking back and looking forward.
Tony-winner André De Shields (Hadestown) hosted a livestreamed concert, Remember the Ribbon: A Tribute to World AIDS Day, featuring fan-favorite performances from the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS vault, aired online for the first time.
The event, sponsored by Gilead Sciences, also included appearances by participants in the Gilead Storytellers program: Javier Munoz (Hamilton), Rema Webb (The Lion King), Broadway Cares/EFA Executive Director Tom Viola, and playwright Donja R. Love (one in two) with musician Jamar Rogers (The Voice).
The program closed with Aisha Jackson performing a new song, “The Test of Time,” written by Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar. Lyons, Helen White, and Nasia Thomas provided background vocals.
“You are in for an evening of tremendous entertainment,” De Shields promised at the beginning. He also shared the story of how AIDS has figured in his life, talking about partner Chico Kasinoir’s struggle with the disease. De Shields has been living with HIV himself for more than 30 years.
The event, streamed on Playbill’s Gilead Storytellers page and its YouTube page, was (and is) free to view but solicited donations to continue the work of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The organization supports the social services of the Actors Fund, including its HIV/AIDS Initiative, and awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service groups nationwide.