Andréa Burns, Lauren Flanigan, et al. Set for NOTHING LIKE A DAME Benefit, 3/26

The Actors Fund just announced the first round of talent participating in the 17th edition of Nothing Like a Dame, a benefit for the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative (PNWHI). This highly anticipated event will take place Monday, March 26th at 7:30 at The Gerald Lynch Theatre, 524 West 59th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, New York, NY 10019.

Nothing Like a Dame: Their Favorite Things Through engaging stories and songs, favorite performers from stage and screen will take the audience on a tour of their favorite shows, songs and performances. Phyllis Newman states, "Everything from Reality TV to Opera to Broadway – this evening is a true variety show".

In addition to the already announced cast that includes Polly Bergen(Follies 2001), Bobby Cannavale (The Motherfucker with the Hat), Mario Cantone (Laugh Whore), Jackie Hoffman (The Addams Family, Xanadu), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) and Alexandra Silber (Master Class), Dame is proud to announce the newest members of the company including Andréa Burns (In the Heights), Countess Luann de Lesseps (Real Housewives of NY), Opera sensations Lauren Flanigan and Talise Trevigne, Folk musician David Lutkin and comic Bruce Vilanch.

Tickets for the Nothing Like a Dame: Their Favorite Things are $100, $150 and $250. There will be an exclusive post-show VIP reception with the cast at John's Pizza included with the purchase of a $250 ticket. Special sponsorship packages are also available. Tickets can be purchased at: www.actorsfund.org or by phone at (212) 221-7300 x133 or Email: tickets@actorsfund.org

The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative (PNWHI) was created to address the myriad of concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition. When women come to The Fund after a serious medical diagnosis they are often overwhelmed with concerns about their ability to work, family issues, managing basic bills as well as medical bills, and coping both physically and mentally with a challenging medical situation. The PNWHI Social Workers help women negotiate the steps that follow a serious medical diagnosis. Through intensive case management, access to individual counseling, support groups, educational seminars, linkage to community supports and short-term financial assistance, the social workers help women receive the nurturing support that they need.

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 more than 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 nearly 130 years – been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org.

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