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Elaine Stritch At Liberty

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Album Review

Veteran actress/singer Elaine Stritch had a career in musicals, straight plays, movies, and TV dating back to the mid-'40s, and at age 76 she reviews it all on this two-CD album, which is a recorded version of her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty. Her singing voice has long since become raspy and limited, but her timing and phrasing enable her to put across almost any song effectively. She features her signature songs, from "Civilization" (the novelty in which a monkey expresses a preference for the jungle), which she sang in her first Broadway show, Angel in the Wings, in 1947, to Noël Coward's witty "Why Do the Wrong People Travel," which she introduced in Sail Away in 1961, and, inevitably, "The Ladies Who Lunch," her showstopper from Stephen Sondheim's Company in 1970. Other songs tend to be incidental to the anecdotes she tells, starting with an annotated version of "There's No Business Like Show Business," from which she hangs a series of humorous personal observations. Stritch is unsparing to herself as well as her colleagues, providing an impressionistic autobiography that is revealing, if selective. You would hardly know about her extensive work in television, which goes almost unmentioned, but her major theater credits are all touched on. She is unafraid to discuss her problems with alcohol or with men. Containing entertaining stories concerning such figures as Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Ethel Merman, and Noël Coward, this is an album that will delight anyone interested in the history of theater over the years from the 1940s to the 1980s, as told from the vantage point of one of its more acute, if occasionally addlepated, observers. And though the mere listener is denied the added pleasure of having Stritch on-stage performing it, very little is actually lost in the transfer to disc.

Customer Reviews

Everybody RISE

I saw this show, twice. And I don't like musicals. But rarely have I ever seen a presence like Ms. Stritch's. Every line, perfectly timed. Every nuance, honestly conveyed. I listened to the snippets on I-Tune, and I was transported again. Listen to a life well earned, and hang on to your jaw.

Ms. Stritch ROCKS!

Stritch's LIBERTY performance is a great review of her life, her Broadway experience and best songs ever sung. Her voice is just what is needed on any relaxing occasion. I just love this woman and hope everyone gives this recording the attention it deserves.

powerhouse peformance from a powerhouse

Ms. Stritch bears her soul in this one woman musical comedy/drama/tragedy/comedy. This is one of those legendary performances that come once in a lifetime. If you can, go out and buy the DVD of this performance. It will be talked about for a VERY long time. Ms. Stritch, or Stritchy, is my hero.

Biography

Genre: Classics

Beginning in the 1940s and stretching well into the 2010s, actress and singer Elaine Stritch had a long career in the theater, in films, as a cabaret act, and on television. She gained her greatest prominence as a stage performer, alternating leading roles in straight plays and musicals in New York, London, and on tour. Before the camera, she tended to be cast in supporting roles, and in addition to a series of movies she was also a regular on several television series and a frequent guest star,...
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