Presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the 8 PM event will feature the talents of Lauren Bacall, Mario Cantone, Mary Bond Davis, Edie Falco, Harvey Fierstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Amanda Green, Joan Hamburg, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Judy Kaye, Kathleen Turner, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Rosie Perez, Ann Richards and Liz Smith. Tony winner Sutton Foster, originally scheduled to join Judy Kaye for a tribute to the late Adolph Green, withdrew from the evening due to a death in her family. Phyllis Newman, Green’s widow, will join Kaye in Foster’s absence.
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.
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.