The Tony and Emmy-winning actress will now conclude her run Feb. 2, which also happens to be her 85th birthday. Two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole will now begin her Carlyle engagement Feb. 3. In a statement Erich Steinbock, managing director of The Carlyle Hotel, said, "Christine Ebersole thought it would be a great idea if Elaine was on stage on her actual birthday, and I agreed immediately. Elaine Stritch is one of New York’s greatest stars and one of the Carlyle’s cherished residents. We plan on really celebrating that night, and I know the evening will be one of the most legendary in The Carlyle’s storied history.”
"OK, I’ll do it," Stritch said of the added performance. "But damn it if Christine Ebersole isn’t going to be up there with me!”
Rob Bowman is the musical director for the Stritch concerts, which feature orchestrations by Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Jonathan Tunick. Stritch is backed by Bowman on piano, Lou Bruno on bass, Dave Gale on trumpet, Jack Gale on trombone, Les Scott on reeds and Paul Pizzuti on drums.
Elaine Stritch received Tony and Emmy Awards for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which traces a stellar career that boasts roles in Company, The Little Foxes, Bus Stop, A Delicate Balance, Sail Away and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim turns 80 in 2010.
Show times are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:45 PM. There is a $125 music charge for all performances.
The Café Carlyle is located within The Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue). For reservations call (212) 744-1600. For more information visit www.thecarlyle.com.