Elaine Stritch given a Broadway tribute

NEW YORK (AP) — Actors Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Lena Hall, Laura Benanti and Holland Taylor and writer Liz Smith have lead a tearful and raucous tribute to Elaine Stritch, the funny and irascible theater star who put the broad in Broadway.

Deadpanned Lane: “This event would have pleased her to no end because, for one, it’s all about her.”

The show, “Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch,” was directed by George C. Wolfe and took place Monday at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Stritch died July 17 at age 89.

Tony and Emmy Award-winning Stritch found new fans as Alec Baldwin’s mother on television’s “30 Rock,” but she was best known for her stage work — especially her candid one-woman show “At Liberty” and in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.”