Some of the broadest jokes and funniest broads in New York theater popped up Monday at vintage gossipfest “The Women,” a benefit for the Actors’ Fund of America’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative.
The cast included hot tamales Tovah Feldshuh, Lea de Laria and Mary Testa, who shared a table at the pre-perf bash at Goodfellas. “Parts of this show are completely outrageous — very politically incorrect!” Testa testified.
Co-director Betsy Friday opined, “We’re the thinking woman’s vaudeville.”
League of American Theaters and Producers prexy Jed Bernstein and Actors’ Fund executive director Joseph Benincasa joined cast members Bebe Neuwirth, Rita Moreno and Dee Hoty; and guests including composer Adolph Green, U.S. ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith and historian Arthur Schlessinger.
Turning out for the perf at the Lucille Lortel theater were Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, coming to check out the wanton wisecracks of a starry cast including Eartha Kitt, Sandy Duncan, Karen Ziemba and Elaine Stritch.