Stritch set to bring 1-woman show here

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In what's likely to be the hottest ticket of the spring arts season, Elaine Stritch is slated to bring her acclaimed one-woman Broadway show "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" to Chicago in March, sources confirmed Monday.

Depending on availability, the show will land at either the Ford Center/Oriental Theatre or the Shubert Theatre. It likely will be here for no more than two weeks.

Since her New York stand, which won her a Tony Award, Stritch has been performing the show—a musical reminiscence of her life in show business — in London.

With the announcement of dates in Los Angeles, the details of the rest of her short United States tour began to leak out.

Jam Theatricals will produce the show locally.

Movies to Web: Five major movie studios began offering films via the Internet Monday through Movielink, Hollywood's most aggressive move yet onto the Web.

The long-awaited service is designed to open a new path for movies into the home, relying on the Internet and digital bits instead of physical media such as videotapes or DVDs. Its initial lineup of about 175 movies will be available only to U.S. consumers with high-speed Internet connections.

Analysts said it will take years to work out the glitches, but Movielink execs said they have no expectation of immediate profits.

Los Angeles Times

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