88 year-old in final week of cabaret shows
She’s bringing the curtain down on her long and distinguished theater career soon, and don’t the great and good of acting know it, as Elaine Stritch performed to a star-studded crowd on the final run of her cabaret performances at the Café Carlyle.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Stritch began her final five performances to an audience that included Tom Hanks, Tony Bennett, Martin Short, Liza Minnelli and Bernadette Peters. Hanks has been busy himself this week, having earlier opened on Broadway in Lucky Guy by Nora Ephron. Stritch made her debut way back in 1944 and her career has gone on to encompass roles including Broadway productions of Pal Joey, Company (which featured the song Ladies Who Lunch, one of her signature pieces) and A Delicate Balance. Even at the tail end of her career she won a Tony Award for her solo show Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2002.
With this being her final run of shows, tickets are a cool $125 per person, with premium seating priced at a whopping $175. Well worth it though, given that reports have said that her show involved her bantering away with Tom Hanks and proving as charismatic as her 88 varied years on this earth would suggest. Struggling with alcoholism in the 80’s, Streicht nevertheless admitted that she’d had a drink before performing this week as she was so scared.
Elaine Stritch With Tom Hanks