RIP Elaine Stritch, one of the most amazing Broadway stars to have ever graced the New York stage. Her talent was amazing, is still amazing, and will continue to inspire. If you have not heard her speak, listened to her sing, or laughed at her acerbic wit, you have missed out. When I started to get really interested in Musical theatre, a New York voice coach (who happened to come and do a two week course on voice and song at my University) showed us a clip of Elaine Stritch, and in that moment I became determined that, no matter how unlikely it was that I would ever make it on stage, I would at last aim to have half as much poise and commitment as Elaine did in everything I decided to do.
Do yourself a favour an youtube some of her best songs, like Zip from Pal Joey,
or The Ladies who Lunch from Company.
If you can, sit down and watch or listen to her one women autobiographical show “Elaine Stritch Live at Liberty”.
2011 Interview from CUNY Theater Talk
2013 Interview from CUNY Theater Talk
Another star has dimmed, but her light will continue to shine on.
Thank you Elaine, for being you.