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Nathan Lane and Lena Hall Join Elaine Stritch Broadway Tribute (Exclusive)

Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor and Lena Hall will be joining a cast of Broadway greats next week in honoring stage legend Elaine Stritch, Variety has learned.

The event, “Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch,” will include both musical acts and speeches on Monday at 4 p.m. at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Stritch died in June at 89, and she was buried at a small service in Chicago.

Her friends came up with the idea to hold a New York event for the prolific actress with a career that spanned the stage (“Sail Away,” “Company”) films and television (“30 Rock”). A limited number of seats will be available to the public on the day of the event.

Hall, who won the Tony this year for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” will perform a song in Stritch’s memory. There will be other musical numbers from Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley and Christine Ebersole.

Both Lane and Taylor are keynote speakers, along with Harold Prince, Liz Smith, Julie Keyes and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka.

“A lot of people have very charged, wonderful relationships with Elaine,” said George C. Wolfe (“Elaine Stritch: At Liberty”), who is helping organize the event. “We are trying to invite those people to come and celebrate her as an artist, as a performer and as a human being.”

The director recalled the time Stritch called him late one night — with a story about how she had an orgasm onstage during a ’60s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “There was nothing dirge-like about Elaine,” he said, adding that the celebration will reflect Stritch’s upbeat spirit.

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