Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Acting Legend Elaine Stritch Wants to Leave New York and Do a Show in Michigan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Acting Legend Elaine Stritch Wants to Leave New York and Do a Show in Michigan

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Elaine Stritch wants to leave New York

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TORONTO - Tony Award-winning stage and screen star Elaine Stritch has been a fixture in New York City for many decades, with a slew of roles on Broadway, her own cabaret show, and most recently a scene-stealing part as Jack Donaghy's mom on TV's "30 Rock."

But the famously croaky and comically candid actress-singer, who lives in the luxury hotel Carlyle Hotel in the Big Apple, is now ready to move on.

"I've had it with New York. I love New York (but) it's too fast for me now," a wisecracking Stritch, 87, said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she's featured in the documentary "Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky."

"I'm up in my 80s, come ON! And actually, that's a good joke -- I'm UP in my 80s, I'm not down in my 80s. I'm UP in 'em, and I want it to pay off," she continued, slumping into a chair on the word "down" and then straightening her spine on the word "up."

Stritch's plan to get out of the city involves teaming up with producer Scott Griffin to do "an old play" that she hopes George C. Wolfe will direct. She doesn't want to announce what it is yet because they're still trying to secure the rights.

"We're going to try it out hopefully in Ann Arbor, (Mich.), which is where I used to go to football games and get stoned, you know what I mean? So this is full circle. This is some retirement," said the petite Stritch, clad in black pantyhose, white hotel slippers and a white dress shirt as she got her hair and makeup done for the "Show Stopper" premiere.

Asked if she'd go to football games and "get stoned" upon her return to Ann Arbor, she quipped in her beloved brash style: "Ah, cut the games. I'm not going to the games."

Stritch uses the word "retirement" loosely, because for her it just means slowing down -- not stopping.

"I'm not ending anything," said the three-time Emmy Award winner, who won the Tony for in 2002 for her one-woman show, "Elaine Stritch at Liberty. …

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