Stars Line Up for Elaine Stritch Tribute
Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley and Hal Prince will be among those celebrating the Broadway legend
George C. Wolfe, who directed the 2002 Tony-winning solo show Elaine Stritch at Liberty, will stage an all-star tribute to the incomparable Broadway diva, titled Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch.
The one-time-only show will take place Nov. 17 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York, with a limited number of tickets to be made available to the public on the day of the event.
Performers and theater luminaries scheduled to participate include Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters, Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone, Hal Prince and Michael Feinstein, with other names expected to join the lineup.
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No word yet on whether Alec Baldwin, Stritch's onscreen son from her Emmy-winning recurring role on 30 Rock, or the creator of that series, Tina Fey, will be part of the celebration, though both have been approached.
The salute will feature reminiscences and performances reflecting on Stritch's distinguished career on Broadway, which spanned more than 50 years and covered roles in dramatic plays, comedies and musicals. In addition to her critically lauded stage memoir, Stritch's major successes included Noel Coward's Sail Away, William Inge's Bus Stop, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance and the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Company, in which she forever claimed ownership of the vodka-soaked toast to "The Ladies Who Lunch."
Stritch's final Broadway role was opposite Peters in the 2009 revival of Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music. She died July 17 at age 89.
A percentage of proceeds from the tribute will go to the Elaine Stritch Scholarship Fund at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Ticketing details will be released closer to the event.
IFC Films is campaigning for Oscar consideration in the documentary feature race for Chiemi Karasawa's well-reviewed portrait, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.
R.J. Cutler and Lily Tomlin will host a special Soho House screening of the pic this weekend in Los Angeles, while D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Rachel Grady and John Turturro are scheduled to host a New York screening on Nov. 7. Pennebaker directed the 1970 documentary Original Cast Album: Company, which chronicled Stritch's epic struggle to nail her signature song from the show during the studio recording session.