The highly anticipated Australian premiere of Grey Gardens is now only five weeks from opening. Given the scarcity of musical openings in Melbourne this half of 2011, excitement and interest are sure to be higher than ever.
Brought to worldwide attention in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy are two highly unique characters. Casting for the musical premiere could not be stronger with Pamela Rabe as the eccentric ‘Little’ Edie and Nancye Hayes as her decrepit mother ‘Big’ Edie. Broadway’s Christine Ebersole won the 2007 Best Actress Tony Award for her portrayal of ‘Little’ Edie.
Acclaimed director Rodger Hodgman, one of The Production Company’s most frequent and successful collaborators, shares his thoughts on this landmark musical in this video clip:
The full cast list of Grey Gardens is as follows:
Pamela Rabe as Edith Bouvier Beale and ‘Little’ Edie
Nancye Hayes as aged Edith Bouvier Beale
Bert LaBonte as Brooks
James Millar as George Gould Strong
John O'May as J.V ‘Major” Bouvier / Norman Vincent Peale
Alex Rathgeber as Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr
Liz Stiles as Young ‘Little’ Edie Beale
Ariel Kaplan as Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Bouvier
Lucy-Rose Coyne & Caitlin Vippond as Lee Bouvier
Full production team:
Director: Roger Hodgman
Musical Director: Kellie Dickerson
Choreographer: Dana Jolly
Set: Richard Roberts
Costumes: Fleur Thiemeyer
Grey Gardens plays for two weeks at Playhouse, the Arts Centre from 25 November.