Edie Falco — who starred on Broadway earlier this season in the much acclaimed production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune — and Thoroughly Modern Millie Tony winner Sutton Foster are the latest additions to the starry list of performers who will take part in the March 3 concert (8 PM) at the St. James Theatre. Presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the one-night-only event will also feature the talents of Lauren Bacall, Mario Cantone, Patty Duke, Melissa Errico, Harvey Fierstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Amanda Green, Joan Hamburg, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Judy Kaye, Rita Moreno, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez, Ann Richards and Liz Smith.
Additionally, attendees can expect to see highlights from such Broadway productions as La Bohème, The Producers and Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. The star-studded event will also include a special version of Hairspray's "Welcome to the '60s" sung by the show's Dynamites and written by Marc Shaiman as well as a tribute to Newman's late husband, the award-winning lyricist Adolph Green.
Nothing Like a Dame 2003 marks the beginning of The Women on Broadway — the theatre community's celebration of National Women's History Month — which concludes with Women's Night on Broadway. Women's Night is scheduled for April 8 and will include tickets to shows, restaurants and a private "Goddess" party. Coordinated by the League of American Theatres and Producers, a portion of the proceeds from Women's Night will also benefit The Phyllis Newman Health Initiative.
Tickets for Nothing Like a Dame 2003 range from $50 to $1,000 and may be purchased by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268, or by going on-line to www.broadwaycares.org. A pre-performance cocktail party will be held in the St. James Theatre lobby (246 West 44th Street), and the post-performance party will take place at John's Pizzeria Times Square (260 W. 44th Street). The Actors' Fund of America is the only national non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Since 1996, The Actors’ Fund has focused on helping women in the industry who are coping with critical health concerns through The Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. Initiated by Actors’ Fund Trustee Newman, the Women’s Health Initiative offers a roster of services to help women access health care and to coordinate support services.