By Don Adkins, ZEALnyc Managing Editor, October 14, 2016
Using the song title from South Pacific as its mission and credo, the "Nothing Like a Dame" annual benefit which raises money for The Actors Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street. This year's hosting committee comprises luminaries Betty Buckley, Misty Copeland, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, and Janice Reals Ellig. The evening will be directed by Bebe Neuwirth, and will honor Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie with the first-ever Phyllis Newman Dame Award. Ms. Mazzie, most notable for her Broadway appearances, taking over the role of Miss Anna in the recent The King and I revival, as well as her appearances in Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, and Next to Normal, has also been in the headlines for her real-life drama and battle with ovarian cancer.
The gala event will feature all singing, all dancing, and all women, with performances by Christine Ebersol, Melissa Errico, Julie Halston, Judy Kuhn, Tonya Pinkins, and Karen Ziemba, along with Ali Stroker and Erin Hill, and Ava Briglia, Willow McCarthy and Aviva Winick from the cast of Matilda, The Musical.
Tickets for "Nothing Like a Dame" are $75, $100, $150, and $250 and are now on sale online at www.actorsfund.org/Dame2016 or or by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133. Tickets that include a post-performance cast party are available for a donation of $500.
So get your tickets now and be a part of helping this extremely worthy organization, as well as seeing and hearing some wonderful performances by some of Broadway's brightest stars, all at the same time!
Don Adkins, ZEALnyc's Managing Editor writes about arts, cultural and lifestyle events.
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