Everybody Rise: Patti LuPone, Stephen Sondheim, Bernadette Peters, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Kristin Chenoweth and More Reflect on Elaine Stritch
17 Jul 2014
Photo by Aubrey Reuben
Glorious. Larger than life. Dangerous. These are just a few of the words used to describe late Tony Award-winning stage veteran Elaine Stritch by some members of the theatre and entertainment industry who were influenced by her singular talent.
When the seemingly unstoppable actress announced her retirement in 2011, Playbill.com spoke with a host of showfolk who, in Stritch fashion, offered candid, hilarious and heartfelt stories of their encounters and feelings for the iconic actress, who defined roles in Company, Pal Joey, Sail Away and perhaps, most notably, as herself in Elaine Stritch: At Liberty.
Upon Stritch's passing, Playbill.com looks back at the words they offered.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.