Elaine Stritch at Liberty Documentary to Premiere on HBO

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12 Feb 2004

The DVD cover for <i>Elaine Stritch at Liberty</i>
The DVD cover for Elaine Stritch at Liberty

The feature-length documentary, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, will debut on the HBO cable network this spring.

A spokesperson for HBO confirmed that the documentary, which combines footage from Stritch's Tony-winning one-woman show with a behind-the scenes look at the actress, will premiere in May. Specific dates have yet to be announced.

Legendary filmmakers D. A. Pennebaker and his partners Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob filmed the documentary about the theatre veteran and her acclaimed one-woman show. Stritch's performance was taped at the Old Vic in London. Filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker said in a statement, "We first met Elaine Stritch during the cast recording of Steve Sondheim's Company. Elaine's life as told on stage is brilliant, but following her in her real life is endlessly fascinating. She's funny, brave, quirky, sarcastic, unpredictable and dangerous."

Sheila Nevins, executive vice president of original HBO programming, added, "Elaine Stritch is a larger-than-life character who never fails to dazzle a theatre audience. I'm thrilled that HBO will be bringing this electrifying performer to TV viewers."

Elaine Stritch at Liberty traces 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?. Song titles include "The Ladies Who Lunch," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Broadway Baby," "Zip," "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?" and "I'm Still Here." 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.