The evenings will be hosted by actress, recording artist and author Lorna Luft and will feature Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner Liza Minnelli. The benefit will mark the first time in 20 years that the sisters have performed together; the last time was a duet for the 1993 Tony Awards.
Luft, who went public with her recent battle against breast cancer, plans to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Minnelli and special guests, many of them also cancer survivors, with the message, “We made it and you will too!”
“This event means the world to me,” said Luft in a statement. “I’m so grateful to be feeling so well and performing again. These two Birdland nights are the perfect opportunity for me to gather some friends—including my sister—to raise money to help two essential organizations.”
Tony-winning actress (and Actors Fund Trustee) Phyllis Newman added, “I’m thrilled that this year’s Nothing Like a Dame event will feature the wonderful Lorna Luft hosting a slew of fantastically talented friends. It’s going to be a great couple of nights, all in support of two great organizations: The Actors Fund and Tower Cancer Research Foundation.” Tickets start at $250 and include drinks and dinner, with a very limited number of $75 standing room and $100 bar seating tickets. An exclusive post-show VIP photo opportunity with the stars is included with purchase of a $1,000 ticket. Special sponsorship packages are also available. Tickets can be purchased at actorsfund.org or by phone at (212) 221-7300, ext. 133 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.