Lauren Bacall(Photo © Joseph Marzullo)
Lauren Bacall
(Photo © Joseph Marzullo)
Broadway's salute to National Women's History Month will kick off with the latest installment of Nothing Like a Dame on March 3. This is the eighth year of the annual concert produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to benefit The Phyllis Newman's Women's Health Initiative of The Actors' Fund of America.

Among the stars scheduled to take part in the event, which will be directed by Jude Kelly, include Lauren Bacall (Applause, Woman of the Year), Mario Cantone (TV's Sex and the City), Patty Duke (Oklahoma!, The Miracle Worker), Melissa Errico (Amour), Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray), Whoopi Goldberg (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Amanda Green, Joan Hamburg, Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray), Judy Kaye (Mamma Mia!), Rita Moreno (The Ritz), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Damn Yankees), Phyllis Newman (Subways Are For Sleeping), Cynthia Nixon (The Women), and Rosie Perez (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune), along with former Texas governor Ann Richards and columnist Liz Smith.

Musical highlights are set to include a special version of "Welcome to the '60s" from Hairspray, sung by that show's Dynamites with new lyrics by the musical's composer and co-lyricist, Marc Shaiman; performances by members of the casts of La Bohème, The Producers, and Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway; and a special tribute to Phyllis Newman's husband, Adolph Green, who died last October.

The event will be held at Broadway's St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street) on Monday, March 3, beginning at 8pm. Tickets are available at $50-$1000 and may be purchased by calling 212-840-0770, ext. 268 or by visiting the website www.broadwaycares.org.