Nothing Like a Dame 2003 features dazzling dames of stage and screen in a one-night-only concert presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to benefit The Phyllis Newman's Women's Health Initiative of The Actors' Fund of America. Scheduled to appear are Lauren Bacall, Mario Cantone, Patty Duke, Melissa Errico, Harvey Fierstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Amanda Green, Joan Hamburg, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Judy Kaye, Rita Moreno, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez, Ann Richards, and Liz Smith. Musical highlights include Hairspray's The Dynamites performing a special version of "Welcome to the 60's" featuring lyrics by composer Marc Shaiman written exclusively for the event. The popular concert, written by, about, and for women, also features highlights from Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme, Hairspray, The Producers, Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and many more.
A pre-performance cocktail party will be held in the lobby of the St. James Theatre from 6:30 to 7:30pm. A post-post-performance cast party will be hosted by John's Pizzeria Times Square, located at 260 West 44th Street.