Exclusive Photos and Interview Sneak Peek: Elaine Stritch on Life in Michigan, What's Next and More!
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch left New York City for good in May, after 71 years here, to relocate to her home state of Michigan. Now in a recent interview with Fairweather Magazine, the 88-year old opened up about her new life outside of the Big Apple. Stritch told Fairweather: "I have a natural input fear of myself that goes in front of me. It's almost like someone says every time I walk into the room, 'Ladies and gentlemen...Elaine Stritch. There's something that says get out of my way, it's going to be my turn, because you need the love of the audience. My assistant/friend, Marge, says you can't live without an audience. That's why I'm questionable about this move. I don't know if it is going to work or not.'
On her new Michigan diggs she added: "I don't want to discourage anyone. I certainly had enough money to buy a terrific condo, but it's not as good looking to me as it is to visitors who say, 'Oh! What a joint.' I've been to a lot of swanky places in my life.'
As for what's coming up next for the stage legend, Stritch revealed: "I am not going to do eight shows a week, but I am not going to do nothing. I don't know what it would be like to live without activity. I've only been here for a couple weeks and I'm not reading the paper and drinking coffee, but I'm getting my makeup done. I don't know if this is the right direction, but time will tell."
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Stritch's Broadway debut came in the revue ANGEL IN THE WINGS. Stritch was also understudy to Ethel Merman for the Irving Berlin musical CALL ME MADAM and, at the same time, appeared in the 1952 revival of PAL JOEY. Stritch later starred in the national tour of CALL ME MADAM and appeared in a supporting role in the original Broadway production of William Inge's play BUS STOP. She was the lead in GOLDILOCKS and then was hand-picked by Noel Coward for one of the leads in SAIL AWAY.Stritch became known as a singer with a brassy, rough voice who could portray brash characters, most notably originating on Broadway the role of Joanne in COMPANY (1970). After over a decade of successful runs in shows in New York, Stritch moved in 1972 to London, where she starred in the West End production of COMPANY. She appeared as Parthy in a successful Broadway revival of the musical SHOW BOAT, a one-night only concert of COMPANY and as Claire in a revival of Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE.