Elaine Stritch Makes Rare Appearance to Discuss New Documentary
By: Ellis Nassour
Unrelated to Nothing Like a Dame, which she’s very much a part of, but certainly worth noting, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch in a return to New York will make a very rare public appearance February 17 at 7pm at 92Y. She’ll discuss her life and celebrated career with award-winning director Chiemi Karasawa, whose documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me [Isotope Films] features the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award winner. Gossip maven Michael Musto will moderate.
Archival footage and clips of Ms. Stritch on and offstage will be shown. There’ll commentary by Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, Cherry Jones, Nathan Lane, Hal Prince, John Turturro, and George C. Wolfe.
For those living in another galaxy, Ms. Stritch, known by all for her shyness, solitude, quiet demeanor, and love of all, has appeared in her award-winning one-woman show At Liberty, [where she told the truth and nothing but the truth, so help Elaine Stritch], Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and A Delicate Balance), Williams’ Small Craft Warnings, Inge’s Bus Stop; and in musicals such as Kern/Hammerstein’s Show Boat [not the original, but a revival], Coward’s Sail Away, Berlin’s Call Me Madam, Rodgers/Hart’s Pal Joey, and Sondheim’s Company, in which she created the role of Joanne, unleashing her timid personality to bring the house down with a still quite memorable "The Ladies Who Lunch." Recent TV includes her recurring role on 30 Rock as Jack’s sweet and docile mother.
Tickets for this don’t-miss event are $29-$36 and $15 for those 35 and under. Purchase at the 92Y box office, online at 92y.org/Event/Elaine-Stritch.aspx, or by calling (212) 415 -5500.