Photo Flash: Tony Danza, Annaleigh Ashford & More Pay Tribute to Elaine Stritch at the Metropolitan Room
Last nght, The Metropolitan Room welcomed some of Broadway's brightest to salute the legendary Elaine Stritch with an evening of stories and songs, hosted by the famed cabaret's owner, Bernard Furshpan. Check out a look back below!
Performers included Tony Danza, Annaleigh Ashford and more, who took to the stage to peform renditions of Stritch's favorite songs, like "The Ladies Who Lunch", "Why Do The Wrong People Travel?", "Civilization" and many more. A portion of the evening's proceeds benefited Elaine's favorite charity.
Other performers included Pia Zadora, Natalie Douglas, Shaleah Adkisson, Christopher Borger (The Lion King, Finnian's Rainbow), Lisa Brescia (Wicked, Mamma Mia, Aida), Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, JorDan Scott Gilbert, Daryl Glenn, Jeff Harnar, Darius Harper, Anna Kirkland, Steven Carl McCasland, Liz McKendry, Travis Moser, Marquise Neal(Kinky Boots), N'Kenge (Motown), Maria Ottavia, Craig Pomeranz, Scott Siegel (Broadway By The Year), Elaine St. George, K.T. Sullivan, Debbie Bush Whiting, Sunny Leigh, and Debra Grace Winer.
Elaine Stritch, the raspy-voiced actress whose forceful personality and salty language enlivened the New York stage for more than six decades, died July 17, 2014 at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89. In a lengthy theater career whose ups and downs included a Tony-winning one-woman show, collaborations with Stephen Sondheim andEdward Albee. She made few apologies in her career, describing herself as a "Catholic, diabetic, alcoholic, pain in the ass." Her long fight with the bottle formed a narrative corner for her 2002 one-woman Broadway show "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," which won a Tony. She was nominated four other times, for best actress.
Photos by Samantha Mercado-Tudda
Craig Pomranz and Maria Ottavia
Debbie Bush Whiting
Host Bernie Furshpan