Hayes, Rabe and Stiles among Grey Gardens cast, Melbourne

 This November, The Production Company will present the third and final show of their 2011 season, Grey Gardens. 

 Grey Gardens  This November, The Production Company will present the third and final show of their 2011 season, Grey Gardens.   Since it’s premiere Off-Broadway in 2006, Grey Gardens has become known as a work of art. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2007 (and winning 3), the show was described by The New York Times as ‘an experience no passionate theatregoer should miss’. Melbourne audiences will have the chance to witness this landmark musical for 12 performances only at The Arts Centre from November 25, 2011.  With an all star cast including Nancye Hayes as Edith Bouvier Beale, Pamela Rabe as Little Edie and Liz Stiles as Young Little Edie, the show is set to be a critical success here in Australia.  Grey Gardens is the compelling and moving real-life story of Edith Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter, ‘Little’ Edie; the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  As a young society debutante in the early 1940’s, ‘Little’ Edie was one of the brightest names in the social register. In the years following the Second World War, however, life at their 28-room mansion, Grey Gardens, took an unexpected turn. While Jackie O and her sister, Lee Radziwill played out their lives on the world stage, Edie and her mother became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses.   Set in two eras – 1941 when the estate was in its prime (where Little Edie is 24 and Big Edie is 47) and early in 1973 (where Little Edie is 56 and Big Edie is 79) when Grey Gardens was reduced ?to squalor – this celebrated musical tells the alternately glorious and heartbreaking story of two indomitable women. Once among the brightest names in the New York social world, now they are East Hampton’s most notorious recluses. Also starring James Millar, Bert LaBonte, Alex Rathgaber, John O’May, with Ariel Kaplan, Lucy-Rose Coyne and Caitlin Vippond Chairman of The Production Company, Jeanne Pratt said “The musical, Grey Gardens premiered Off-Broadway at the Playwrights Horizons in March 2006. It ushered in a resurgence of interest and fascination in the Grey Gardens phenomenon.” Creative Team Director ROGER HODGMAN?Musical Director KELLLIE DICKERSON Choreographer DANA JOLLY Costume Designer FLEUR THIEMEYERSet Designer RICHARD ROBERTS Lighting Designer MATT SCOTT Sound Design SYSTEM SOUND For booking information: 1300 182 183 or visit theartscentre.com.au  Grey Gardens Cast 

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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