You won't find a more star-studded turn-out of great theatre ladies than at the Feb. 24 Actor's Fund Benefit, "Nothing Like A Dame `97," scheduled for 8 PM at Broadway's Marquis Theatre at 46th Street.
According to Kate Hall, who's helping coordinate the event, proceeds will benefit Phyllis Newman's Women's Health Initiative, and the show will feature appearances by: Julie Andrews (Victor/Victoria), Laurie Beechman (Cats), Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe's Cafe), Zoe Caldwell, Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard), Barbara Cook (Candide), Marilyn Cooper, Ann Duquesnay, Joan Hamburg, Madeline Kahn (Born Yesterday), Judy Kuhn, Angela Lansbury (Sweeney Todd), S. Epatha Merkerson, Donna Murphy (King And I), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), Phyllis Newman, Jane Powell, Mary Rodgers, Liz Smith, Jean Stapleton (The Entertainer), Elaine Stritch (Company), Marisa Tomei (Slavs!), Kathleen Turner (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof), Lillias White (How To Succeed), Mary Louise Wilson (Full Gallop), Rachel York (Vic/Vic), plus the casts of Cowgirls (now closed), Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, Chicago and Rent.
Not 100 percent confirmed but possible are Chita Rivera and Andrea Martin. Writers for the benefit are Wendy Wasserstein, Mo Gaffney, Margo Jefferson, Kathy Najimy, Phyllis Newman and Eleanor Reissa, who also directs. Wendy Bobbitt will serve as musical director, Hope Clarke as choreographer. Lighting will be by Peggy Eisenhower.
Scheduled for the show are a special appearance by Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund, and tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Erma Bombeck, who both died in 1996.
For tickets ($100-$25) and more information on the benefit, call (212)221-7300 x.135. --By David Lefkowitz