Tuesday, December 06, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Elaine Stritch
Song:The Little Things You Do Together
Album:The Sondheim Songbook
Singer and actress Elaine Stritch is probably best known for her long career on Broadway. Her performance in the 1970 Original Broadway Cast of Company may be her best known role. She was born Feb. 2, 1925 in Detroit. She trained at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School in New York City. Other students at the time included Marlon Brando and Bea Arthur. Elaine made her stage debut in 1944 and appeared in several Broadway shows including Pal Joey, Bus Stop, Goldilocks, Noel Coward's Sail Away and the national touring production of Call Me Madam. She also appeared on TV and was the original Trixie Norton in the pilot of Jackie Gleason's classic sitcom The Honeymooners. Her role as Joanne in the 1970 production of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company is one of her best known roles. You can get the original cast album on CD. But you can also get The Little Things You Do Together on this Sondheim sampler released by Sony in 1992. It is an excellent intro to Sondheim's music. Barbara Barrie & Charles Kimbrough are both veteran Broadway performers. Elaine moved to England in 1972 to appear in the London production of Company. She and her husband John Bay remained in England and Elaine did a lot of TV. She starred with Donald Sinden in the 1975 sitcom Two's Company which ran for four seasons. After Bay died in 1982, Elaine moved back to the US. She continues to do shows including her one woman show Elaine Stritch At Liberty. And she's done a lot of TV. Many will recognize her as Alec Baldwin's mother on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Last year she replaced Angela Lansbury in a revival of the show A Little Night Music. So Elaine Stritch is going strong today. Here's Elaine Stritch performing The Little Things You Do Together at the Original Broadway Cast recording session of Company 1970. This was intended as a pilot for a proposed TV series that was supposed to go behind the scenes of Broadway shows. It never got past the pilot stage. The film was directed by DA Pennebaker and is available on DVD.