“After the movie’s over, she will be here answering your questions,” spluttered entertainment troublemaker Perez Hilton to an “animated” (read: gay) audience at the Crosby Hotel’s theater last Sunday. Shindigger and others had gathered for a sneak peak at Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, featuring the bawdy Broadway legend, back in Manhattan two years after allegedly retiring to sedate Birmingham, Mich., the town of her youth. Read More
Interviewing Elaine Stritch is like asking a hemophiliac for a pint of blood. “Everybody’s got a sack of rocks,” she says. Every now and then, she reaches her long, bony fingers into the sack and throws one at you. The best thing you can do is give up and just get out of the way. This is a valuable lesson learned early by astute director Chiemi Karasawa in the captivating documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. You will go away knocked right out of your snow boots.
This past spring, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch announced she was ending her 71-year stint in New York City to move home to Michigan. At 88 years old, the actress claimed she was simply exhausted.
On Monday night, Ms. Stritch found the energy to trek back to the Big Apple for the Stella by Starlight gala Read More
I adore Elaine Stritch-her racy sense of humor, her impeccable timing, her enormous charisma, her trouper’s chops. So did all the other musical-theater fans at the Walter Kerr Theatre last week, who cheered wildly-even whooped, as if they were at a sporting event-upon her entrance as the aged and imperious courtesan Madame Armfeldt in Trevor Read More
The delightful late-career resurgence of Betty White (popular Super Bowl commercial, Facebook campaign for her to host SNL, now scheduled for May 8, Mother’s Day) has got us thinking about other gero-comical women who refuse to rest on their well-earned laurels. Bless them!
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Elaine Stritch Singin’ Sondheim … One Song At a Time
Brilliant. Impossible. Eccentric. Temperamental. Fabulous. Iconoclastic. Legendary. The adjectives go on and on when describing Elaine Stritch, but “austere” is not one of them. This is all the more reason why her new cabaret show at the Carlyle is so wonderful. It’s a Read More
Spend a weekend at the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue and East 76th Street. You have to listen closely.
Bop, bop bop. Bop, bop bop. Around 8:30, Friday night at the Café Carlyle, home of the legendary late lounge singer Bobby Short, the five-piece band was getting the ball rolling for the room’s new Read More
Rumors that Elaine Stritch has a heart of marble are greatly exaggerated. Now in the middle of her sold-out seven-week cabaret debut at the Café Carlyle, she proves once and all, and for all and sundry, what I’ve long suspected: Behind the hard-boiled exterior of a lady prosecutor with the personality of a hanging judge Read More
Rumors that Elaine Stritch has a heart of marble are greatly exaggerated. Now in the middle of her sold-out seven-week cabaret debut at the Café Carlyle, she proves once and all, and for all and sundry, what I’ve long suspected: Behind the hard-boiled exterior of a lady prosecutor with the personality of a hanging Read More
Actress Elaine Stritch called from her house on the Upper East Side to tell The Transom about her friend and one-time crush, Marlon Brando, who died of lung failure on July 1. She attended the Dramatic Workshop at the New School with Brando in the 40′s, after she declined an invitation to study under Lee Read More