The Broadway community is gearing up once again for one of the most talked-about events of the season: Nothing Like A Dame. A labor of love spearheaded by Actors Fund Trustee Phyllis Newman — the fabulously dedicated and talented Tony–winning actress, director and writer — Nothing Like A Dame benefits The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative (PNWHI), founded in 1996 after Newman’s own battle with breast cancer. Today, (PNWHI) continues to address the various concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition. PNWHI’s social workers help clients after a serious medical diagnosis, and counsel them through 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.
Also launched in 1996, Nothing Like A Dame is often referred to as “the thinking woman’s vaudeville,” and has featured a galaxy of Broadway luminaries throughout its successful history, from Bernadette Peters and Bebe Neuwirth to Uta Hagen and Chita Rivera. The last Nothing Like A Dame, in 2010, was dedicated to Lynn Redgrave, and celebrated the wonderful work of Betty Comden and Adolph Green (to whom Newman was married for 42 years).
This year’s show — Dame’s 17th installment! — will explore “Their Favorite Things,” based on the popular Playbill.com column. Through engaging stories and songs, performers from stage and screen will take the audience on an adventure through favorite shows and performances, especially highlighting the unforgettable theatrical moments that have that influenced their careers. Check back for more information on who’ll be there, and in the meantime, enjoy some wonderful shots from Dames past!
The Actors Fund is proud to present Nothing Like a Dame, a benefit for the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative (PNWHI) on Monday, March 26th at 7:30 pm at The Gerald Lynch Theatre, 524 West 59th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, in New York City. Mark your calendars and reserve your seats!
On March 18th, some of the musically-gifted cast members of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy will gather at UCLA’s Royce Hall to give a benefit performance for The Actors Fund! Grey’s Anatomy: The Songs Beneath the Show is a live musical celebration featuring music from the Grey’s Anatomy songbook, as well as selected songs from last season’s musical episode.
This evening of song and story will examine the way music has always been an integral part of the storytelling on Grey’s–so much so that the music is tracked on ABC’s website, and four CDs have so far been released. The event will also provide fans with a rare behind the scenes glimpse at how the show is put together.
Cast members scheduled to appear include Jessica Capshaw, Justin Chambers, Eric Dane, Sarah Drew, Chyler Leigh, Kevin McKidd, Sandra Oh, Jim Pickens, Jr., Sara Ramirez, Kim Raver and Chandra Wilson.
For a sneak peek, we dug up video highlights from the March 2011 musical episode, Song Beneath the Song (Season 7, Episode 18), which centered on Tony-winner Sara Ramirez’s character, Callie Torres.
Extra special thanks to Sara, who gave the event a shout-out during her February 14th, 2012 appearance on The View: