We are giving away a pair of tickets to this. Read bottom of post for more details.
Posted by Nathalie Weinstein
Cat ladies and crumbling mansions at PCS's Grey Gardens: The Musical
That's why my curiosity was piqued when I heard that Portland Center Stage was putting on a musical production of Grey Gardens, based upon a 1973 documentary about Big and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the aunt and cousin of the late Jackie Kennedy. Once socialites, the aunt and cousin of Mrs. Kennedy drew notoriety when the East Hampton Health Department tried to condemn their decaying 28-room beach house, where the two women had been living in filth and disrepair with over 160 catsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬¦and raccoons to boot.
The fantastical story of these two women is sure to be made all the more odd with the addition of music, for which the musical was nominated for a Tony.
From Portland Center Stage:
Composer Scott Frankel approached playwright Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize winning author of I Am My Own Wife) with the idea to turn the documentary into a musical (Edie, after all, was nothing if not a singer and a dancer). They expanded the outlines of the story to include flashbacks to the time when Big Edie was still the crÃƒÆ’¨me of the New York social register and Little Edie was called "body beautiful Beale." Act one takes place in 1943, during their heyday, and Act Two takes place in 1973, when the documentary was filmed.
Grey Gardens: The Musical will be directed by Artistic Director Chris Coleman and will feature a bevy of actresses with glittering Broadway credits: Dale Soules (Act II Big Edie) was in the original cast of Hair and understudied Big Edie on Broadway, Rebecca Eichenberger (Act I Big Edie, Act II Little Edie) played Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera, Mother in Ragtime and Nettie in Carousel, all on the Great White Way, and Janine DaVita (Act I Little Edie) just finished playing Rizzo in the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease. Not to be outdone by the ladies, our own Music Director Rick Lewis will play Big Edie's pianist/confidante George Gould Strong, Victor Morris (Brooks Heir Sr.) recently debuted at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and Evan Thompson (Major Bouvier) had Broadway stints in Ivanov, City of Angels and 1776. Rounding out the cast are youngsters Madison Wray (Jackie Bouvier) last seen on PCS stages as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, Allisonn (not a typo) O'Neil (Lee Bouvier) and Ryan Jesse (Joe Kennedy/Jerry).
The show opens Friday, May 29th at the Gerding Theater at The Armory's main stage and runs through June 21st, 2009. Tickets range from $33.50 to $68.50. Visit http://tickets.pcs.org.
Win Tickets to Grey Gardens: PDX Pipeline is giving away a pair of tickets to Grey Gardens. In order to win, comment below on the easiest/best way to find a good parking space near PCS. If you take trimet, tell us the line you take in. If you walk, what shoes do you wear?
I will draw the winner on Friday at 4PM. I will email the winner. If you haven't received an email by 5PM, go to PCS.org and buy tickets. :)