Broadway likes its leading ladies to sound—how should we put it?—unique.
Broadway likes its leading ladies to sound—how should we put it?—unique. None today matches Elaine Stritch, the gravelly voiced grand dame who retook Manhattan in last year's one-woman show "At Liberty." Stritch was just hitting her stride in 1962 when she headed to London to star in Noel Coward's "Sail Away." With a sly smile, she takes tourists to task in two hilarious numbers, "Useless Useful Phrases" and "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?" The funny lady even pulls off a ballad, a touching love song called "Something Very Strange." Coward fans will be charmed by "Bronxville Darby and Joan," available here for the first time on CD.—MS