Everybody Rise: Elaine Stritch Will Make Farewell Appearance in NYC in Movin' Over and Out at the Carlyle

By Adam Hetrick
March 20, 2013

Tony Award-winning stage icon Elaine Stritch will propose a final toast to audiences in her last engagement at the Café Carlyle this spring. The octogenarian, who has been a fixture at the New York hotel for decades, will bid gotham farewell and exit to her home state of Michigan.

Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin' Over and Out, running April 2-6, will mark New Yorkers' final chance to see Stritch perform in Manhattan. The 88-year-old actress, perhaps best-known for playing Joanne in Stephen Sondheim's musical Company, is retiring from performing and will be moving to Michigan. She is a Detroit native. 

Billed as a "a freeform evening of story and song," Stritch will be joined by her longtime musical director Rob Bowman at the piano. All shows will be at 8:45 PM.

Stritch has played four extended and sold-out engagements at the Carlyle in recent years. A documentary, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," which captures part of her New York adieu, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. Click here to read about the film.

"It's a little frightening for people to get into your life that much, but I don't have anything to hide," Stritch told Playbill.com in an earlier interview about the film project. "So, I'm open. There's no point in doing a documentary unless you absolutely deliver the 100 percent truth. Energy-wise it's very hard work."

When Stritch made her Town Hall debut in fall of 2011,  a host of Broadway leading ladies shared their own words about the remarkable performer. Click here to read Playbill.com's feature "Leading Ladies of Broadway Propose a Toast to Elaine Stritch."

Elaine Stritch received Tony and Emmy Awards for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which traces a stellar career, which includes roles in composer-lyricist Sondheim's Company plus The Little Foxes, Bus Stop, A Delicate Balance, Sail Away and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Visit the Playbill Vault to explore more about Stritch's decades-spanning career on Broadway.

There is a $125 music charge for all performances. The Café Carlyle is located within The Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue). For reservations call (212) 744-1600. For more information visit TheCarlyle.