Nothing Like a Dame: A Party for Comden and Green Is Thrown in NYC Nov. 1

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Nothing Like a Dame: A Party for Comden and Green, featuring Hal Prince, Victoria Clark, Charles Busch and Howard McGillin, is presented Nov. 1 at the Laura Pels Theater.

Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark

Carl Andress (The Divine Sister) directs the 7:30 PM evening that celebrates the lifelong collaboration of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The evening is dedicated to celebrated stage actress Lynn Redgrave, who lost her battle with cancer in May.

Tony Award-winning director Hal Prince is the guest of honor for the celebration. The theatre veteran will share his experiences of working with Comden and Green on such musicals as 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.

A host of actors who appeared in the original and revival casts of Comden and Green's work are scheduled to participate.

They include 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, John Pizzarelli (Dream), Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q), composer Larry Grossman (A Doll's Life), Liz Larsen (The Most Happy Fella), Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music), Rick Lyon (Avenue Q), 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), Zakiya Young (The Little Mermaid) and Nothing Like a Dame founder Phyllis Newman (Subways Are for Sleeping).

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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