HBO has itch for a docu on Stritch

Film to hit theaters by year's end, air on cabler in 2004

HOLLYWOOD — HBO has pacted with documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob to assemble a documentary about Elaine Stritch and her one-woman show, “Elaine Stritch at Liberty.”

HBO plans to roll out the docu theatrically by year’s end, before airing it on the cabler in 2004.

The film combines footage from Stritch’s show with a behind-the-scenes look at the thesp by her longtime friends.

“Elaine Stritch is a larger-than-life character who never fails to dazzle a theater audience,” said HBO original programming executive veep Sheila Nevins.

The Broadway stage production “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” traces Stritch’s life from her youth in Michigan through the loss of her husband and break-up with alcohol.

The show, which has run on Broadway and in London, kicks off a national tour this month.

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