The Elaine Stritch interview you’ve never heard
Recorded 28 January, 2002, this is an unedited studio conversation between Elaine Stritch and Nathan Lane, originally produced to be edited into radio ads promoting the new Broadway production of Elaine Stritch: At Liberty. I was working for a producer of the show at the time and recently discovered this in a pile of CDs in my archives.
At the time of this recording in January 2002, Elaine Stritch had just completed the debut of …At Liberty, her hit solo autobiographical show, off-Broadway at the Public Theatre, and was one week away from the first Broadway preview performances at the Neil Simon Theatre. Meanwhile, Nathan Lane was a little more than ten months into his year-long run in the mega-hit The Producers, which was still setting box office records.
As far as I know this recording has never been shared before, but I felt it was too good to keep to myself. As you’ll hear, this short conversation is filled with great one-liners, show biz memories, and plenty of quotable quips from both Elaine and Nathan. I hope you enjoy it.
Of course, if you care about musical theatre and somehow haven’t heard it already, I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy of Elaine Stritch: At Liberty today.