Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie’s 2006 musical Grey Gardens is to receive its UK premiere next year in London’s West End.
Grey Gardens is an adaptation of the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles about two reclusive upper class women, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, and their descent from grandeur to one of squalor, living in a derelict, vermin infested mansion in the Hamptons. Their story made national headlines when it was revealed these ladies were the aunt and first cousin of the former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Grey Gardens, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie opened in New York in 2006 transferring to Broadway in the same year, becoming the first Broadway musical to be adapted from a documentary. The production won a Tony Award for Best Costume and the two leads Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson won Tony’s for their performances.
More recently HBO made a television film of Grey Gardens starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore which went on to win six Primetime Emmys and two Golden Globes.
Casting is yet to be announced however, it was reported earlier this year that Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell were in negotiations to play the lead roles of Big Eddie and Little Eddie with Thom Southerland directing the production potentially at Southwark Playhouse Theatre.