Elaine Stritch On Singing Sondheim & A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Iconic leading lady and theatrical grande dame Elaine Stritch is making a few select appearances this week in promotion of her upcoming documentary, ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, and the actress comments on her most recent Broadway role opposite Bernadette Peters in the revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC as part of a new interview.
Looking back at singing one of Sondheim's most decadent character songs, Stritch asserts, "'Liaisons' was the most difficult song I've ever done on the stage. I couldn't wrap my arms around it."
Stritch adds that the master composer/lyricist offered her some unexpected advice about how to play it, revealing, "You know what Steve Sondheim said to me, which I found brilliant? I called him the night before I opened and said, 'I can't get ahold of this song. What should I do to give it a punch? To get me stopping the show. I only get one and a half songs.' His advice was, 'At the end of the song, burp.' And I loved it. That's it!"
Furthermore, Stritch says she did this just that, relating, "At the end of the song, I burped and they went crazy. I gave it a shot and I did it from then on."
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