The Town Hall's Seventh Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival continues with Elaine Stritch at The Town Hall on Saturday, October 22nd at 8pm and A Tribute to Judy Garland and The Art of American Dance on Friday, October 28th at 8pm. The festival is created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel and is presented in a new format of three consecutive weeks. (Broadway Originals! took place on Sunday, October 16th).
On Saturday, October 22, the incomparable Broadway legend Elaine Stritch takes the stage with her show Elaine Stritch at The Town Hall at 8PM. Ms. Stritch comes to The Town Hall following her triumphant engagement at The Cafe Carlyle. Rob Bowman is the musical director.
Elaine Stritch studied at the New School in New York City under the direction of Erwin Piscator. Beginning her career in musical comedy on Broadway, she went from standing by for Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam to her Tony-nominated performances in A Delicate Balance, Company, Sail Away and Bus Stop to her 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning one woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Most recently she appeared as Madame Armfeldt in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Other Broadway credits include Angel In The Wings, Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Goldilocks, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Following Uta Hagen in the role of Martha), and Show Boat. In London's West End, she starred in Neil Simon's The Gingerbread Lady and Tennessee Williams' Small Craft Warnings. Other stage credits include the concert version of both Follies and Company at Lincoln Center and her appearance in A. R. Gurney's Love Letters with Jason Robards, as well as the New York and London productions of Sail Away (which she performed more recently in concert at Carnegie Hall to celebrate Noel Coward's centennial). She performed in BAM's recent production of Beckett's Endgame with John Turturro-four weeks in an ash can for which she received splendid notices. Ms. Stritch made her film debut in the 1957 remake of "A Farewell to Arms." She co-starred in the 1977 Alain Renais film "Providence" Other film credits include "Cocoon: The Return", "Out to Sea" with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, "Krippendorf's Tribe" with Richard Dreyfuss, "An Unexpected Life" with Stockard Channing and Stephen Collins, Woody Allen's "September and Small Time Crooks", "Autumn in New York" with Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, "Monster-in-Law" with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez, and "Romance and Cigarettes" directed by John Turturro. Ms. Stritch's television credits include the award-winning BBC television series "Two's Company", "The Cosby Show", "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "Soul Man." She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the miniseries "An Inconvenient Woman", written by Dominick Dunne, and won an Emmy Award for her recurring role on "Law & Order." She appeared in the Showtime movie "Paradise" and was introduced on the television show "30 Rock" playing Alec Baldwin and Nathan Lane's mother, and is happy to currently be shooting more episodes with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. She opened at the Café Carlyle on September 13, 2005 in her first cabaret ever, followed in September of 2006, with another cabaret at the Café Carlyle, where she resides. After that she was off to London with her longtime music director Rob Bowman, July 27, 2008 for a limited engagement at the Shaw Theatre of Elaine Stritch At Liberty and on her way home she played in Austin, Texas for Stuart Moulton, producer. She performed as a guest star at Michael Feinstein's concert in Palm Springs to a standing ovation. On January 1, 2010 she opened a brand new cabaret: Elaine Stritch Singin' Sondheim - One Song At A Time for five weeks at the Café Carlyle, and received rave reviews. She recently revived her Sondheim cabaret show (with a surprise or two) at the Café Carlyle in a limited return engagement for four weeks only. Ms. Stritch continues to go strong and do what she loves best-entertain-no retirement in the future "isn't it rich."
The Broadway Cabaret Festival concludes on Friday, October 28th with A Tribute To Judy Garland and The Art of American Dance. The evening will feature interviews on stage with Lorna Luft about Judy Garland, and Susan Stroman about American Dance. The performers include: Broadway dancer Noah Racey (Never Gonna Dance, Curtains), Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet), Carole J. Bufford (11 O'Clock Numbers at 11 O'Clock at Feinstein's at the Regency), and the New York Song and Dance Company, with additional performers to be announced. Ross Patterson is the musical director.
Tickets for all three performances of the Broadway Cabaret Festival are $55, $50, and $45 per performance and are on sale through TicketMaster, (800) 982 2787, www.ticketmaster.com, or The Town Hall Box Office (123 West 43 Street) between noon and 6 PM (except Sundays) at 212-840-2824.