Photo Flash: Tarzan Actors' Fund Performance

August 22
1:05 PM 2006

Disney's Broadway musical Tarzan recently offered a special performance to benefit the Actors' Fund of America.

Tarzan opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on May 10th. The show has music and lyrics by Phil Collins and a book by David Henry Hwang; Bob Crowley (who also designed the sets and costumes) directs and Meryl Tankard is the choreographer. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic, the show follows its vine-swinging hero (Josh Strickland) as he finds love with more civilized beauty Jane (Jenn Gambatese).

The Actors' Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors' Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.

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The cast of Tarzan (click on photo to view enlarged version)

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.