BIG INTERVIEW: Creators Of Grey Gardens The Muiscal

Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse

Douglas Mayo had an opportunity after the opening night of Grey Gardens to speak with the shows creators Scott Frankel (Music), Michael Korie (Lyrics) and Doug Wright (Book) to discuss the show and get their thoughts on the current production at Southwark Playhouse. On the morning I spoke to the creators, the first of many 5 star reviews had started to come in for the production and the team were elated. Not many people know that Grey Gardens was the first musical ever to be adapted from a documentary. How did you go about tackling the adaptation to make it work for a musical theatre stage? DW: When they first approached me, I told both Scott and Michael, this it was an absurd premise MK: And disrespectful! DW: I said the film is brilliant. I revere it. Any attempt to translate it for the theatre will make it an exercise … Read more

FIRST LOOK: Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse

Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse

BritishTheatre.com is pleased to bring you this first look at Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell in Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse. With music by Scott Frankel, book by Doug Wright and lyrics by Michael Korie, Grey Gardens was the first Broadway musical to be based on a documentary. The show tells the story of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith Bouvier Beale who were Jacqueline Kennedy’s aunt and cousin. Directed by Tom Sutherland, Grey Gardens stars Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell with Billy Boyle, Aaron Sidwell, Jeremy Legat, Ako Mitchell and Rachel Anne Rayham. Grey Gardens runs at Southwark Playhouse until 6 February 2016. Photos by Scott Rylander

First Look At Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell in Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse

BritishTheatre.com are pleased to be bringing you this image of Sheila Hancock as Edith “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and Jenna Russell as Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale in the eagerly awaited European premiere of Grey Gardens. Grey Gradens is based on the iconic documentary of the same name with music by Scott Frankel, book by Doug Wright and lyrics by Michael Korie, which tells the story of the spectacular ruse and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin. Starting in 1941 at an engagement party at Grey Gardens, the Bouvier’s mansion in East Hampton, Long Island, the musical tracks the progression of the two women’s lives from American aristocrats to reclusive social outcasts living in such squalid conditions, in a home overrun by cats, that the Health Department deemed the mansion ‘unfit for human habitation’. Grey Gardens is produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Sutherland. The show … Read more

Casting Announced For European Premiere Of Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens musical Southwark Playhouse

Final casting has been announced today for the European premiere of Grey Gardens the musical which will play at the Southwark Playhouse from Saturday 2 January – Saturday 6 February 2016. The musical Grey Gardens is based on the iconic documentary, telling real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale.  Starting in 1941 at an engagement party at Grey Gardens, the Bouvier’s mansion in East Hampton, Long Island, the musical tracks the progression of the two women’s lives from American aristocrats to reclusive social outcasts living in such squalid conditions, in a home overrun by cats, that the Health Department deemed the mansion ‘unfit for human habitation’. Joining the previously announced Olivier Award-winning West End stars, Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell are: Billy Boyle, who has just finished two years playing Grandpa George in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at the … Read more

Russell And Hancock Cast in Grey Gardens Musical

Jenna Russell in Grey Gardens

Olivier Award-winning West End Stars, Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock, are to star in the European premiere of Grey Gardens. The musical will play a six week season at the Southwark Playhouse from 2 January 2016. Starting in 1941 at an engagement party at Grey Gardens, the Bouvier’s mansion in East Hampton, Long Island, the musical tracks the progression of the two women’s lives from American aristocrats to reclusive social outcasts living in such squalid conditions, in a home overrun by cats, that the Health Department deemed the mansion ‘unfit for human habitation’. Based on an iconic 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens, with Book by Doug Wright, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie, tells the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale. Grey Gardens will reunite Danielle Tarento (Producer) and Thom Sutherland (Director), the award-winning team behind Grand … Read more

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