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Lady ‘Liberty’ holds court

One-woman show was to begin rehearsals on 9/11

Revelers kept invoking survival skills during Wednesday night’s party following the L.A. bow of “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” at the Ahmanson.

Director George C. Wolfe recalled that the one-woman show was supposed to begin rehearsals on 9/11 not far from Ground Zero, but regrouped the following day, rehearsing in midtown Manhattan for a few days before sneaking past security downtown.

“This play started out of that same sense of survival,” Wolfe said.

Stritch added, of her story of surviving a career in showbiz, “I knew it had value, but I had no idea how it affected people.”

The festivities on the east side of the Ahmanson included an eclectic crowd with Josh Groban, Rosie Perez and Bruce Vilanch rubbing shoulders with such Center Theater Group regulars as Jimmy Smits, Shirley Jones with Marty Ingels, and Angela Lansbury.

— Shalini Dore and Alys Marshall

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