Busch, Cantone, Bergen Lead NOTHING LIKE A DAME Benefit 11/1

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The Actors Fund is pleased to announce preliminary details for "Nothing Like a Dame: A Party for Comden and Green," the annual all-star concert benefiting the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. "Nothing Like a Dame" is set for Monday, November 1, 2010 (7:30 p.m.) at The Laura Pels Theater in midtown Manhattan (111 W. 46th St.).

The evening will include performances by 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), Amanda Green (High Fidelity), 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) and John Pizzarelli (Dream). Additional performers will be announced soon.

The evening is directed by Carl Andress, who recently scored an artistic and critical triumph directing Charles Busch in his new play The Divine Sister. Earlier this year, Andress helmed The Actors Fund's sold-out benefit reading of Valley of the Dolls.

Phyllis Newman stated "This will be a knockout show - different from other benefits. 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," Newman added. "As everyone knows, work is scarce but health problems don't take a hiatus."

"Nothing Like a Dame: A Party for Comden and Green" celebrates the six-decade collaboration of Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated writing duo of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who together produced some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century, including 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, as well as screenplays for On the Town, The Band Wagon, Auntie Mame and Singin' in the Rain.
Tickets are priced at $250, $150 and $75. A private post-performance reception with the cast is included for $250 ticket buyers. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets, please email tickets@actorsfund.org or call 212-221-7300 ext. 133.

ABOUT THE ACTORS FUND

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone - performers and those behind the scenes - who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping close to 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund's programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has - for over 125 years - been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org.

Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi

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