I'm Still Here: The Essential Elaine Stritch on Disc
15 Feb 2014
"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.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.