"Nothing Like A Dame 2006" raised $300,000 for the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actors' Fund of America on Monday night at the Imperial Theatre.
The show, organized by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, also was quite entertaining, from Tyne Daly's rendition of "The Job Application" from "Ballroom" to a chorus line that accompanied several singers to a salute to the late Wendy Wasserstein, in which Jennifer Ehle, Julianna Margulies and Cynthia Nixon read a scene from "The Heidi Chronicles."
Comedian Kate Clinton's jokes were amusing as was her auctioning of a $24,000 jeweled watch by Harry Winston. It sold for $20,000 after several bidders in the audience tried it on.
Benefits don't necessarily allow a lot of rehearsal time but the show flowed fairly smoothly. The set pieces from "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" worked well as backdrops.
Especially moving were testimonials by women who said their calls to the Women's Health Initiative literally saved their lives after diagnoses of cancer.
Today I saw a movie that was rented at Blockbuster titled "The River King" starring Edward Burns and Jennifer Ehle which let me tell you is a great movie well actually its beyond great its a movie worthy of an Oscar for best movie and Edward Burns for best actor in a dramatic film. Edward Burns plays a detective named Abel Grey and Jennifer Ehle plays a photographer named Betsy Chase. The movie is about the death of a boy from an exclusive local school who is found floating in a river. I don't want to give away the ending you have to see it for yourself you will enjoy it , trust me.