Everybody rise for the First Lady of Cafe Carlyle. Four-time Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Elaine Stritch has announced that she will play her final engagement at Cafe Carlyle this April. Her farewell show, titled Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out, will play the intimate club April 2 through 6. The 88-year-old performer is leaving her home in NYC and relocating to a condo in Michigan.
Fans nervous that this departure means retirement for Stritch need not worry! The incomparable star told The New York Times, “What actor would ever say they’re done? I loved being on Broadway, but performing has become exhausting, and I just don’t want to live in New York anymore… I just don’t have the energy, darling. I’m 88! I don’t look or always feel it, but I’m 88!”
Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out is billed as an evening of story and song. Stritch’s longtime musical collaborator Bob Bowman will accompany her at the piano.
A Michigan native, Elaine Stritch has appeared in 18 Broadway shows, including Company, A Little Night Music, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, A Delicate Balance, Show Boat, Love Letters, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Bus Stop, Call Me Madam, Loco and Pal Joey. A three-time Emmy winner, her notable screen credits include 30 Rock, Law & Order, An Incovenient Woman, Monster-in-Law, A Farewell to Arms and ParaNorman.
Click below to see Stritch perform the Stephen Sondheim tune “Broadway Baby.” We’ll miss you, Elaine!