Hal Prince, Howard McGillin, Donna McKechnie Added to Party for Comden and Green Benefit

News   Hal Prince, Howard McGillin, Donna McKechnie Added to Party for Comden and Green Benefit
Tony Award-winning director Hal Prince will be the special guest of honor at Nothing Like a Dame: A Party for Comden and Green, which will be dedicated to late actress Lynn Redgrave, Nov. 1 at the Laura Pels Theater.

Howard McGillin
Howard McGillin Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Carl Andress (The Divine Sister) will direct the 7:30 PM evening that will celebrate the lifelong collaboration of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The evening will also honor celebrated stage actress Redgrave, who lost her battle with cancer in May.

Prince will be on hand to discuss his work with Comden and Green, which included A Doll's Life and the Tony Award-nominated musical On the Twentieth Century. The writing duo earned Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score with Cy Coleman for On the Twentieth Century.

Newly added to the event are Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q), composer Larry Grossman (A Doll's Life), Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music), Howard McGillin (Phantom of the Opera), Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), Julia Murney (The Wild Party), Nancy Opel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Lee Roy Reams (Hello, Dolly!), Mary Testa (Xanadu) and Zakiya Young (The Little Mermaid).

Previously announced to appear are 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), 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), John Pizzarelli (Dream) and Nothing Like a Dame founder Phyllis Newman.

“This will be a knockout show – different from other evening, with many wonderful surprises," Newman said in a statement. "We are going to do an original evening, A Party for Comden and Green, featuring some of the enormous and varied body of work of my husband Adolph and his remarkable partner Betty. This is a crucial time to support the Women’s Health Initiative and The Actors Fund. As everyone knows, work is scarce but health problems don't take a hiatus." 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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