Elaine Stritch: At Liberty (Original Broadway Production)

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The one and only Elaine Stritch is a living legend, no doubt about it. A Broadway staple for five-plus decades, Stritch has seen all there is to see and is ready to talk and sing about it. And that’s precisely what she does in her hit one-woman show, captured on this vibrant live recording. The stories are both poignant and wrenching in their honesty -- this grande dame takes no prisoners. No one can put over a song like this trouper, either; her signature item from Stephen Sondheim’s Company, “Ladies Who Lunch,” still retains its wit and wisdom, while Sondheim’s masterpiece from Follies,“I’m Still Here,” is a triumphant highlight. Strich also puts her special spin on ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The one and only Elaine Stritch is a living legend, no doubt about it. A Broadway staple for five-plus decades, Stritch has seen all there is to see and is ready to talk and sing about it. And that’s precisely what she does in her hit one-woman show, captured on this vibrant live recording. The stories are both poignant and wrenching in their honesty -- this grande dame takes no prisoners. No one can put over a song like this trouper, either; her signature item from Stephen Sondheim’s Company, “Ladies Who Lunch,” still retains its wit and wisdom, while Sondheim’s masterpiece from Follies,“I’m Still Here,” is a triumphant highlight. Strich also puts her special spin on standards including a medley of “But Not for Me/If Love Were All” and the great ballad “The Party’s Over.” Lesser-known tunes like “Why Do All the Wrong People Travel” and “There’s Never Been a Baby like My Baby” are also given the Stritch touch, effectively turning them into mini-masterpieces. Nothing can take the place of catching Stritch on stage, but this sparkling document comes close.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471299427
  • Catalog Number: 12994
  • Sales rank: 8,070

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elaine Stritch Primary Artist, Vocals, Spoken Word
Billy Miller Percussion, Drums
Kamau Adilifu Trumpet, Woodwind
John Campo Woodwind
John Gale Trombone
Les Scott Woodwind
Rob Bowman Piano, Conductor
Stu Satalof Trumpet, Woodwind
Steve Kenyon Woodwind
Lou Bruno Bass
Robin Bowman Piano, Conductor
Billy Miller Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Betty Comden Lyricist
Hugh Fordin Producer
Ira Gershwin Lyricist
Adolph Green Lyricist
Lorenz Hart Lyricist
Alan Silverman Mastering
Jonathan Tunick Orchestration
Cynthia Daniels Engineer, Liner Note Producer
LuAnn Graffeo Art Direction
Arnold B. Horwitt Lyricist
George C. Wolfe Director
Bob Hillard Lyricist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "She's still here!"

    As a reminder of the show it's a great CD, but if you haven't seen the show be warned it is a live recording of the show word for word including some visual gags that don't translate to this format. The songs are given the full Stritch treatment and delievered in some cases with heart rendering passion. If there is a downside it's a shame that some of the songs are talked over rather than sung complete.

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