Actor Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, a friend and collaborator on the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, told Playbill.com via email, "So many people have been reaching out this afternoon with apologies and condolences, but I haven't had a single cry yet — I am the most blessed actor and human alive to have had the opportunity to get to know Elaine Stritch in the capacity that I did. We first met in 2010 when she joined the Broadway production of A Little Night Music that I was in — and from day one we were inseparable. She told a joke backstage one night, and I was the only one that laughed at the punch line. That's all it took!! She taught me so much, but most importantly, she taught me who I was. She taught me to always search for the truth and that there was nothing more important than the love that can exist for other people in this world. She was the closest person in my life, and I wish everyone in this world could have had the chance I had to get to know her. She was a gift to this world."
Bernadette Peters, who co-starred with Stritch in A Little Night Music, said, "She was a dear friend — a tremendous talent and really smart — one of the most remarable people I've ever known, and I loved her very much."
Liza Minnelli said of Stritch's passing, "Elaine was a magnificent woman in every sense of the word…a true trail blazer. Her talent and spunk will be greatly missed by so many of us."
A statement from The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, a home away from home for Stritch, reads, "We are deeply saddened by the news of Elaine Stritch's passing today at her home in Michigan. We have been so fortunate to consider her a part of our family, not only as a long-term resident and supporter of The Carlyle but also as a performer to sold out crowds in the famed Café Carlyle. She will be missed by so many, but her legacy will certainly live on."
Friend, actress and television personality Joan Rivers said, "I adored Elaine Stritch. She was witty, sarcastic, a great New Yorker. Anyone that missed seeing her perform missed a legend like no other." In April 2013, Playbill.com reached out to members of the community to pay tribute to Stritch before she bid New York adieu. Read their responses here.
Below are tweets and messages from the Broadway community and beyond.
RIP Elaine Stritch. such an inspiration XOXO
RIP Elaine Stritch (1925–2014). Irreplaceable. pic.twitter.com/CefcalLbTj
— Adam Feldman (@FeldmanAdam) July 17, 2014
So sad to hear about the passing of one of the acting greats. You will be missed Elaine Stritch. Everybody rise & drink to Elaine !
— Scott Alan (@ScottAlanNet) July 17, 2014
Let's all drink to that. pic.twitter.com/mo9dFnTBBs
We lost a legend and an icon today. I will never forget standing in the Avery Fisher wings as a little P.A. (cont) http://t.co/mCkHLBD5Cv
— Jennifer Tepper (@jenashtep) July 17, 2014
The greatest, the greatest, the greatest. https://t.co/iNIXQno8bv #RIP #ElaineStritch
— Joe Iconis (@MrJoeIconis) July 17, 2014
RISE. RISE. RISE. RISE. RISE. RISE. Elaine Stritch, RIP.
Safe passage, Stritchie. You were totally fucking impossible and absolutely worth it.
Everybody RISE. RIP, Elaine Stritch, and thanks for everything you taught us.
let's all drink to her. pic.twitter.com/fZfvuSBUQz
— The Book of Mormon (@BookofMormon) July 17, 2014
let's drink to her. RIP #elainestritch
Here's to the lady who lunched: Elaine Stritch, we love you. May your heaven be a booze-soaked, no-pants solo show at the Carlyle. Thank you
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 17, 2014
I had the distinct honor to perform for Elaine Stritch in 2012. Her infectious laugh still sticks with me today. #RIP pic.twitter.com/ZyKxE13QB5
I'll drink to that.
Elaine Stritch man. Hell of a performer, spirit and woman. This one really hurts. Today's work is for you ma'am. Crazy love.
RIP @ElaineStritch. You were truly one of a kind. https://t.co/IBUuCWnIkA
— Jonathan Reid Gealt (@jrgealt) July 17, 2014
My heart is broken today. Rest in peace, @ElaineStritch and THANK YOU for dedicating your life to the theater! You will be missed.
#ElaineStritch Has Died At 89 :( http://t.co/VeeoiztQv1 R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/9BRPokiqQv
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) July 17, 2014
— Barrett (@BarrettWeed) July 17, 2014
I will always love you Elaine Stritch.
— John Gallagher, Jr. (@JohnGallagherJr) July 17, 2014
RIP Elaine Stritch #EverybodyRise
Everybody Rise! RIP Elaine Stritch
#RIP #ElaineStritch she was a giant among women & a comedic legend. Here's to the ladies who lunch!
Reeling from the news about dear Elaine. My tribute to her in my blog tomorrow. http://t.co/xi0E1l1877
— kendavenport (@kendavenport) July 17, 2014
A petition to always refer to Elaine Stritch in the present tense.
— Tim Federle (@TimFederle) July 17, 2014
RIP dear lady. MT @nytimestheater Elaine Stritch, Broadway Actress & Singer, Dies at 89 http://t.co/PgvC4ju41b pic.twitter.com/t5okuMNKf4
RIP Elaine Stritch. I'll drink to you.
Oh nooooooo!!!!! Elaine Stritch, the indomitable Elaine.... What a woman, what a dame. RIP #Stritchie
Met you and watched you perform from the wings when I was 18. You're a real "game changer" for me and so many others! RIP @Elainestritch
"Happiness is up to you. You just have to understand what it is before you get it." -Elaine Stritch pic.twitter.com/OtOMI7rzWt
Omg Elaine Stritch... Now making all the angels laugh RIP
RIP to a real legend, @ElaineStritch - you will truly be missed pic.twitter.com/Lyh0U81zY6
— Schmackary's Cookies (@Schmackarys) July 17, 2014
Here's to Elaine Stritch. Everybody rise. Rise! Rise! Rise!
No more brilliant zingers, lots of vodka stingers. ��
Just heard of the passing of the great Elaine Stritch. A true legend and inspiration...Here's to the ladies who lunch! RIP
God Bless and God Speed ELAINE STRITCH
Everybody rise. pic.twitter.com/KgEx5OVfh6
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) July 17, 2014
RIP Elaine Stritch. A comedic legend and true Broadway diva. ��
Elaine Stritch was always completely and honestly herself. That's the mark of a true comedian and a true legend. What a loss. #RIP
1925-2014 #RIPElaineStritch pic.twitter.com/Re1vOjEaDq
— PlaybillEDU (@PlaybillEDU) July 17, 2014
RIP one the THE greats: Elaine Stritch.
"It's not the work. It's the stairs." Elaine Stritch.
Tip of the hat to the great Elaine Stritch! A salty, talented broad who took them all to task. You'll be missed. #RIP
— Blake Ross (@PlaybillBlake) July 17, 2014
What a life! 89 full years. A true legend & one of my all time favorites. R.I.P. #ElaineStritch
Today's a sad day in musical theatre. RIP Elaine Stritch, Every vodka stinger is dedicated to you, now and forever.
Here's to one of the greats! EVERYBODY RISE! #elainestritch pic.twitter.com/0CyVBiQUdV
— Signature Theatre (@sigtheatre) July 17, 2014
RIP Elaine Stritch. Here's to the ladies who lunch. I'll drink to you.
— Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) July 17, 2014
RIP Elaine Stritch. There never was or ever will be anyone like you.
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) July 17, 2014
Elaine Stritch. Such a gift. RIP❤
— Wallace Smith (@WallaceSmith007) July 17, 2014
A unique and singular talent left us today. "Stritchy!!" You will be missed but forever adored.
— Stephanie J. Block (@StephanieJBlock) July 17, 2014
We lost a shining star, a force of nature, an original . Her wit, gifts, &passion have inspired me since we first met 20 years ago. #RIP
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) July 17, 2014
All hail a true American original- ELAINE STRITCH! A giant talent. A giant pain in the ass. But when she cooked she cooked w/atomic power!
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) July 17, 2014
Don't worry, Elaine, there's no chance you will EVER be replaced!
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) July 17, 2014
ELAINE STRITCH SINGS "HERE'S TO THE LADIES WHO LUNCH" http://t.co/pKiyQ4wNZp
— Emma Hunton (@EmmaHunton) July 17, 2014
One of a kind ....Elaine Stritch - truly adored her http://t.co/65pDBwHB99
— Rosie (@Rosie) July 17, 2014
Devastated.we never met but i swear you were meant to be my Grandmother. Rest well, you've certainly earned it! Everybody RISE!!!! #stritchy
— Shoshana Bean (@ShoshanaBean) July 17, 2014
Will someone please explain this term 'Global Trending' to me. Is that like a disease? Goodbye, gang! See you soon. pic.twitter.com/OB5GhXrvH4
— Elaine Stritch (@ElaineStritch) February 22, 2014