New York theater institutions don't come much feistier or more dynamic than
Stritch announced last month that she would be retiring from the stage and moving back to her native Michigan. The actress cited her failing health for her decision. Stritch has lived at the Carlyle Hotel for many years and has performed cabaret acts there since 2005.
On Tuesday evening, Stritch began her final five performances to an audience that included
Stritch will end the cabaret series on Saturday. General seating costs $125 per person, with premium seating at $175. A seat at the bar costs $85.
Reports stated that Stritch bantered with Hanks from the stage and that she talked more than she sang. Still, she eked her way through three songs, including a number by Rodgers and Hart. She was accompanied by her longtime collaborator,
Stritch's stage career includes Broadway productions of "Pal Joey," "Company" -- the song "Ladies Who Lunch" was one of her signature pieces -- and "A Delicate Balance." She won a
In recent years, she played