On Monday, March 26th, The Actors Fund took over the Gerald W. Lynch Theater to present the 17th annual Nothing Like A Dame, the always-unforgettable benefit organized by Tony-winner Phyllis Newman to support The Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative (PNWHI). This year’s theme was taken from Playbill‘s popular “Their Favorite Things” column, and the evening’s collection of spectacular entertainers — directed by Richard Roland and backed by musical director Glen Roven, drummer Buddy Williams, bassist Gary Haase and synth player Irwin Fisch — not only shared a few favorite things, but also raised $60K for PNWHI!
We’d like to thank Polly Bergen, Andréa Burns, Mario Cantone, Countess Luann de Lesseps, Lauren Flanigan, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Jackie Hoffman, David M. Lutken, Marilyn Maye, Alexandra Silber, Elaine Stritch, Talise Trevigne and Bruce Vilanch for taking time out to present such a fabulous show. And, as always, we’d like to thank the amazing Phyllis Newman for everything she does for The Actors Fund!
All photos by Jamie Liles.
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka was the first one to share a favorite thing: Seeing his first show ever when he was a child in Dallas...Hello Dolly starring Carol Channing!
Alexandra Silber sang "Will He Like Me?" from She Loves Me.
The wonderfully cantankerous Jackie Hoffman doesn't really have a favorite thing...except for her free Mondays...
Mario Cantone offered the audience one of its favorite things...his always hilarious interpretations of classic stars.
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka joined the always amazing Elaine Stritch for Call Me Madam's "You're Just In Love."
Andréa Burns's favorite thing? West Side Story.
Mary Godhino shared the story of how PNWHI helped her through an incredibly difficult time.
Bruce Vilanch does his best Tallulah Bankhead.
Villanch then chatted with Countess Luann de Lesseps, grilling her on her love of Broadway and Real Housewives "reality."
Marilyn Maye's favorite thing? Johnny Carson. And Steve Allen.
Operatic sensation Talise Trevigne shared her love of the Sitzprobe, and an aria from La Traviata.
Lauren Flanigan and her band did a song from her album of cut Kurt Weill songs, "There's Nothing Left for Daddy (but the Rhumba)."
Polly Bergen shared a little backstage dish from the show in which she first worked with Phyllis Newman, 1959's First Impressions.
For Dames' finale, the cast joined David M. Lutken for a Phyllis Newman request: Woody Guthrie's legendary "This Land Is Your Land."