Cumming Hosts NY GLAAD Media Awards Honoring Tony Winner Nixon

News   Cumming Hosts NY GLAAD Media Awards Honoring Tony Winner Nixon Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming hosts the 21st annual New York GLAAD Media Awards March 13 at the Marriott Marquis.
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Cumming (Cabaret, Spider-Man) leads the New York component of the GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) honors, while comedian Bruce Vilanch (Hairspray) hosts the San Francisco GLAAD ceremony and Candis Cane and Wilson Cruz host the Los Angeles event.

As part of the New York ceremony, Tony-winning actress Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, "Sex and the City") is set to receive the Vito Russo Award for her work to promote equal rights for members of the LGBT community.

"Cynthia Nixon has been a vocal and visible advocate who has transformed cultural attitudes about our community," said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios in a statement. "She is a perfect example of how sharing your personal story and speaking out for marriage equality can inspire change among fair-minded Americans. It is our privilege to honor her."

GLAAD is also awarding a special recognition honor to the Tony-winning musical Hair, penned by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot.

Scheduled to appear are Nigel Barker, Bryan Batt, Sandra Bernhard, Dustin Lance Black, Ron Calivati, Brett Claywell, Brian Graden, Michael Patrick King, Jay Manuel, Sarah Paulson, Rosie Perez, Gabourney Sibide, Meredith Vieira, Sigourney Weaver and Jill Zarin. GLAAD theatre nominations follow:

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off–Broadway:
A Boy and His Soul by Colman Domingo
The Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
Soul Samurai by Qui Nguyen
The Temperamentals by Jon Marans

Outstanding New York Theater: Off–Off Broadway:
Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party by Aaron Loeb
Devil Boys From Beyond by Buddy Thomas
The Lily's Revenge by Taylor Mac
She Like Girls by Chisa Hutchinson
Wickets created and conceived by Clove Galilee and Jenny Rogers, adapted from Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater:
40 is the New 15 book and lyrics by Larry Todd Johnson, music by Cindy O'Connor
Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins by Brian Christopher Williams
Battle Hymn by Jim Leonard
Bingo with the Indians by Adam Rapp
Lydia by Octavio Solis

Additional theatre-related nominations include "Glee," "Modern Family" and "United States of Tara" for Outstanding Comedy Series; "Taking Woodstock" for Outstanding Film; "Grey's Anatomy" and "Mad Men" for Outstanding Drama Series"; and Adam Lambert for Outstanding Music Artist.

For a complete list of nominees, visit GLAAD.