Elaine Stritch to Star in Coward Compilation in London and on Broadway

News   Elaine Stritch to Star in Coward Compilation in London and on Broadway Elaine Stritch, who starred in Noel Coward's 1961 musical Sail Away, will revisit several Coward favorites in a new, untitled show that will open in December in London.
Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch

Variety reports that Howard Panter will produce a show featuring Coward's work for the Tony-winning actress. After its London bow, the show "built for and around" Stritch will make its way to Broadway.

After her performance in Sail Away Stritch and Coward became life-long friends. In fact, in his diary, Coward wrote this about Stritch: "She really is an astonishingly fine actress."

Elaine Stritch triumphed with her one-woman Broadway show Elaine Stritch at Liberty. That musical evening traced Stritch's career, which includes roles in Company, The Little Foxes, Bus Stop, A Delicate Balance, Sail Away and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The show received a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event as well as two Drama Desk Awards — Outstanding Solo Performance for Stritch and Outstanding Book of a Musical for Stritch and John Lahr. George C. Wolfe directed the Broadway run. The actress also received an Emmy Award for the television broadcast of At Liberty.

Stritch, who received raves for her At Home at the Carlyle cabaret act, will return to the intimate nightspot in September with At Home at the Carlyle II. The veteran stage actress will play the Carlyle for seven weeks, beginning Sept. 12 and running through Nov. 4. Her new act will be compiled with her longtime musical director Rob Bowman.