New York theater's favorite fiery 88 year old, Elaine Stritch, has decided that it's time to call it quits in New York City - after 71 years. The Broadway veteran, Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner, who has been performing regularly at the Carlyle for the last several years, will close out her time in the big city with one final show, "Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin' Over and Out," which will play April 2-6.
Stritch is known for roles in several Broadway productions of Sondheim musicals including Company and A Little Night Music. She also performed in her Tony Award-winning Broadway solo show Elaine Stritch At Liberty in 2002 and appeared in many episodes of NBC's 30 Rock as Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin's character, Jack Donaghy.
After the actress' final bow at the Carlyle, she'll be packing her bags and returning to her home state of Michigan, where she purchased a condo in Birmingham. As for her reasons behind the move, the ever-candid Stritch told the New York Times, "I'm just sick of the competition in New York… I don't feel like rehearsing, even though it should be my favorite thing in the world to do."
Good for you, Stritch; follow your dreams.
To learn more about how to support Stritch in her current rehearsal-free project, a documentary film about her life created by filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa, click here for TheaterMania's story.