Victoria Clark, Charles Busch and Polly Bergen Will Celebrate a Helluva Team at Benefit Party for Comden and Green

News   Victoria Clark, Charles Busch and Polly Bergen Will Celebrate a Helluva Team at Benefit Party for Comden and Green The 2010 Nothing Like a Dame benefit concert will throw A Party for Comden and Green, celebrating the work of late Tony Award-winning musical theatre writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Nov. 1 in Manhattan.

Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark

Carl Andress (The Divine Sister) will direct the evening starring Nancy Anderson (Wonderful Town), Polly Bergen (Follies), Charles Busch (The Divine Sister), Mario Cantone ("Sex and the City"), Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins' Broadway), Amanda Green (High Fidelity), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Marc Kudisch (Bells Are Ringing), Jessica Molaskey (Sunday in the Park with George), Phyllis Newman (Subways Are for Sleeping) and John Pizzarelli (Dream).

Additional performers will be announced shortly. The Actors Fund presents the 7:30 PM concert at the Laura Pels Theater.

Green's widow, Phyllis Newman, who created the annual benefit, previously broke the news of the special tribute when she blogged for Playbill.com in April: "This year we're doing a very special [Dame with the theme] A Party for Comden and Green.....with many of the original players from their shows and revivals, etc. re-creating their songs and talking about their experiences. We'll mix media....and have an evening full of surprises and entertainment."

In their six-decade long collaboration, Comden and Green penned such musicals as On the Town, Wonderful Town, Do Re Mi, Subways Are for Sleeping, Bells are Ringing, Hallelujah, Baby!, Applause, Lorelei, On the Twentieth Century and The Will Rogers Follies, in addition to the screenplays for "On the Town," "The Band Wagon," "Auntie Mame "and "Singin’ in the Rain."

For tickets, ranging $75-$250, phone (212) 221-7300 ext. 133 or visit ActorsFund.

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