Elaine Stritch’s Tony Award-Winning Show Released for Free Streaming

Elaine Stritch’s Tony Award-Winning Show Released for Free Streaming

The bold and brassy Elaine Stritch charts the course of her esteemed career in this 2002 Tony Award-winning one-woman show. 

Released for free streaming for a limited time, Elaine Stritch at Liberty is an exciting musical journey of the legendary Broadway icon.

The one-woman musical is now streaming for free all month, and here's how to watch:

 

 

Elaine Stritch at Liberty is an autobiographical one-woman show written by Elaine Stritch and John Lahr, which is composed of anecdotes from Stritch's life and show tunes.

The show had a limited run on Broadway from February 21 to May 26, 2022 at the Neil Simon Theatre, and consists of spoken monologues from Stritch following her life and career, interspersed with exciting musical numbers that complement her stories. 

Three performances were filmed by legendary filmmakers D. A. Pennebaker and his partners Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob filmed for the HBO special in 2002, which combines footage from the one-woman musical and a behind-the-scenes look at the actress. 

You can stream the show through our list of free Broadway musicals that are streaming online.

Many of the songs in the production had been previously sung by Stritch in major Broadway productions, such as "Civilization" from Angel in the Wings and "The Ladies Who Lunch" from Company, both of which she originated on Broadway.

 

 

Stritch made her Broadway debut in the 1946 play Loco and went on to receive four Tony Award nominations: in 1956 for the William Inge play Bus Stop, in 1962 for the Noel Coward musical Sail Away, in 1971 for the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, and in 1996 for the revival of the Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance. Stritch was also known for her regular cabaret shows at Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel, where she also lived.

You can watch Elaine Stritch in Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (2010) and Follies in Concert (1986), both available to stream through our database of filmed Broadway musicals.

The show received a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event as well as two Drama Desk Awards — Outstanding Solo Performance for Stritch and Outstanding Book of a Musical for Stritch and John Lahr. Following the HBO broadcast, the show also won the Emmy Award in 2004.

Elaine Stritch passed away on July 17, 2014, at the age of 89, from natural causes.