John M. Becker

You Know You Want It: Elaine Stritch Alarm Clock

Filed By John M. Becker | September 25, 2013 11:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: alarm clocks, Broadway, Broadway classics, Company, Elaine Stritch, ladies who lunch, show tunes, Stephen Sondheim, theater queen

elaine_stritch.jpgAs any theatre queen worth her salt will tell you, Elaine Stritch is an icon of the stage. The legendary brassy-voiced Broadway diva is perhaps best known for originating the role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim's Company, and for her performance of that character's signature song, "The Ladies Who Lunch."

The song is a drunken toast in which Joanne witheringly criticizes wealthy women who waste their time hopping from one luncheon to the next, never accomplishing much of anything with their lives. By the end, Joanne realizes that she is one of the ladies who lunch, and famously asks listeners to join her in the toast: "Everybody rise, rise, rise!"

YouTube user and Elaine Stritch fan SeanRMXD wondered why nobody had ever made Stritch's famous belt of that famous last line into an alarm clock before, so he did it himself. Because who hasn't ever thought it'd be fun to wake up to Elaine Stritch ordering you to rise?

The video is below -- enjoy, Broadway babies! I've also included two versions of Stritch singing "The Ladies Who Lunch" after the jump.

An earlier version:

And a later version:

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