I'm Still Here: The Essential Elaine Stritch on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
15 Feb 2014

 

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"Follies in Concert" (Recorded Live at Lincoln Center 1985)

As Stritch tells the tale today, Stephen Sondheim initially balked at her request to play Hattie Walker and sing "Broadway Baby" in this historic gala presentation of Follies; he thought she was too young. But Stritch has always been cast (and cast well) in roles decades her senior. Arguably, it's only recently, in her 80s, that she's finally caught up with her image. Or maybe it started in "Follies in Concert." She brings out great pathos in the underside of Sondheim's paean to working actors, all while mining it for every morsel of dazzle in her singular style.

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