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Coming Soon: Nothing Like A Dame 17!

February 23, 2012

Phyllis Newman performs during the 2001 Nothing Like A Dame.

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!

Lynn Redgrave and Phyllis Newman in 2005. Nothing Like A Dame 2010 was dedicated to Lynn's memory.

The 2005 curtain call.

A shot from 1997 that includes Barbara Cook, Glenn Close, Uta Hagen, Marisa Tomei and Phyllis Newman.

Phyllis Newman and Lauren Bacall in 2003.

Bernadette Peters, Phyllis Newman, Chita Rivera, Kathleen Turner and others take a bow in 2004.

Betty Buckley & Bebe Neuwirth

Betty Buckley & Bebe Neuwirth in 2009.


Seth Rudetsky and Audra McDonald in 2009.

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