Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, at the Café Carlyle

The New York Times has reported that Elaine Stritch is to revive her Tony and Emmy-Award winning one-woman show Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, which the 82 year old star will perform at the Café Carlyle for a three week engagement, beginning 1 Jan 2008.

Elaine Stritch: At Liberty is a cabaret show in which Stritch sings classic songs, such as Sondheim's "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "I'm Still Here," while telling stories from her anecdote-filled life: her stuggle with the bottle; her search for love and a happy marriage; and the many celebrities she has worked with through the decades.

In the show Stritch describes herself as "This existential problem in tights." In telling the story of her life she is both revealing and brutally honest, one reviewer said she "opens up the veins of her life and bleeds".

New York Theatre Guide Editor, Alan Bird, wrote after seeing Stritch's show, "Elaine is one Broadway babe who struts her stuff. She is often sharp, sometimes bitter but always palatable. Loud and aggressive she clearly has a sophistication that can only be learnt from life�s school of hard knocks. What can one say of Elaine, 'She�s one hell of a girl with one heck of a show!'�

Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, directed by George C. Wolfe, originally opened off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2001, after a sold out performance it transferred to Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre where it played from 6 Feb - 27 May 2002 and opened to critical acclaim, going on to win the 2002 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. The show transferred to London's Old Vic, where it played from 1 Oct - 14 Dec 2002, once again to critical acclaim.

Stritch won a Prime time Emmy for Best Music, Variety or Comedy Programme in September 2004 for the show's television broadcast.

The New York Times reports that Stritch will perform the 150 minute show in its entirity.

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