GREY GARDENS tells the story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. It is based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Set at the Bouvier mansion in East Hampton, this bold musical follows a mother and daughter on their hilarious and heartbreaking journey from glamorous aristocrats to notorious recluses in a crumbling house filled with memories and cats.
The cast stars Betty Buckley as Edith Bouvier Beale and Rachel York as “Little” Edie Beale/Edith Bouvier Beale; other cast members include: Gracie Beardsley as Jacqueline Bouvier; Matt Doyle as Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr./Jerry; James Harkness as Brooks Sr./Brooks Jr.; Sarah Hunt as Young "Little" Edie Beale; Simon Jones as J.V. "Major" Bouvier/Norman Vincent Peale; and Dakota Quackenbush as Lee Bouvier.
The production team includes Hope Clarke (Choreography), Andy Einhorn (Music Director), Jeff Cowie (Set Design), Robert Wierzel (Lighting Design), Ilona Somogyi (Costume Design), Heather Ugrina (Props), Charles Swan (Assistant Director), Robert Bennett (Production Stage Manager), and Denice Yaney (Assistant Stage Manager).
“I am very excited to have a dream cast and creative team joining us for GREY GARDENS at Bay Street this summer!” says Scott Schwartz, Artistic Director for Bay Street Theater. “The brilliant Betty Buckley and Rachel York will bring humanity, depth, and humor to Big and Little Edie Beale, women who are part of the shared heart and history of the Hamptons. They are joined by a cast of dazzling actors and award-winning designers, and we welcome them all. I am confident that under Michael Wilson’s inspired direction, this production will be a perfect finale for our 2015 season and an event not to be missed.”
BETTY BUCKLEY* (EDITH BOUVIER BEALE)
Betty Buckley, who has been called “The Voice of Broadway,” is one of theater’s most respected and legendary leading ladies. She is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame for 2012.
Betty Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her critically acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.
Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Carrie. Off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of Horton Foote’s The Old Friends for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination in 2014, White’s Lies, Lincoln Center’s Elegies, the original NYSF production of Edwin Drood, The Eros Trilogy, Juno’s Swan and Getting My Act Together and Taking it on, The Road. Regional credits include The Perfectionist, Gypsy, The Threepenny Opera, Camino Real, Buffalo Gal, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Old Friends at Houston’s Alley Theatre. In London she starred in Promises, Promises for which she was nominated for An Evening Standard Award and in 2013 the British premiere of Dear World.
Her films include her debut in Brian de Palma’s screen version of Stephen King’s Carrie, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski’s Frantic, Woody Allen’s Another Woman, Lawrence Kasden’s Wyatt Earp and M. Night Shymalan’s The Happening.
On television, Buckley appeared in The Pacific for HBO and twice on the Kennedy Center Honors. She also starred for three seasons in the HBO series Oz and as Abby Bradford in the hit series Eight is Enough. She has appeared as a guest star in numerous television series, miniseries and films for television including Evergreen, Roses for the Rich the CBS series Without a Trace, Law & Order: SVU for NBC, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and HBO’s Getting On.
Buckley tours in concert worldwide with her ensemble of musicians and recently was featured in the Royal Albert Hall concert of Follies in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday. She has recorded 16 CD’s, among them Bootleg: Boardmixes from the Road, Quintessence and Betty Buckley 1967 and the Grammy Nominated Stars and the Moon, Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar. Her CD Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway was released by Palmetto Records in August 2012. Her most recent recording Ghostlight produced by T Bone Burnett was released in September, 2014 also on Palmetto Records. She received her second Grammy Nomination for the audio book The Diaries of Adam and Eve.
RACHEL YORK* ("LITTLE" EDIE BEALE)
Rachel York is a dynamic and versatile actress, singer, dancer and comedienne. She is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award), with Dame Julie Andrews, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sly Fox with Richard Dreyfuss, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She also turned heads on television with her courageous portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS movie, Lucy. Most recently, Ms. York starred as Reno Sweeny in the national tour of the Tony-Award winning production of Anything Goes (Helen Hayes Award). She created the role of Cruella de Vil in the national tour of The 101 Dalmatians Musical; starred as Guenevere in the national tour of Camelot opposite Michael York; and portrayed Lilli Vanessi/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate (US Tour and London’s West End). Off-Broadway Ms. York has starred in The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman; Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together (MTC, Drama Desk nomination) also with Julie Andrews, Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center Theater, Drama Desk nomination), and New York City Encores! critically acclaimed productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes opposite Megan Hilty and Little Me opposite Christian Borle. Favorite regional productions; The Game (a musical adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses); Turn of the Century opposite Jeff Daniels (Goodman Theatre, Chicago); Hello, Dolly! (Boston, IRNE Award); Into the Woods (Boston, IRNE Award); Spamalot; Ragtime; Evita; Summer and Smoke; and The Odd Couple with Jason Alexander and Martin Short. In concert, Ms. York has performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; the National Symphony and the Pittsburgh Pops under the direction of conductor Marvin Hamlisch; Broadway Showstoppers with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops; The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the San Francisco Symphony; the Detroit Symphony; the Minnesota Orchestra; the Utah Symphony; the St. Louis Symphony; and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra among others. She has also performed her celebrated cabarets For the Love of It and Let’s Fall In Love to rave reviews nationwide. Ms. York has also appeared on several popular TV series including Hannah Montana, Frasier, Reba, Numb3rs, Close to Home, Spin City, and Diagnosis Murder. She is the voice of Bitty in Higglytown Heroes and Circe on The Justice League. Ms. York’s debut solo album, Let’s Fall in Love was named one of the Top Ten Vocal CDs of the year by Talkin’ Broadway. For more information, please visit her on the web at www.rachelyork.com. Twitter: @theRachelYork
HOWARD MCGILLIN* (GEORGE GOULD STRONG)
Howard is a Tony-nominated stage, screen and television actor, who most recently starred opposite Vanessa Hudgens in the Broadway revival of Gigi. McGillin is perhaps best known for his record-setting run on Broadway in the title role in The Phantom of the Opera. Howard’s career on Broadway includes leading roles in Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, The Secret Garden, Anything Goes (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony, Drama Desk nominations; Theatre World Award) and Sunday in the Park With George. London: Mack & Mabel, Anything Goes. Also Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce (Goodman Theatre, Chicago and Kennedy Center – Helen Hayes Award nomination). Howard has starred in several Encores! presentations including Where’s Charley? and Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. Off-Broadway: It’s a Wonderful Life, I Remember Mama, High Spirits, As Thousands Cheer, La Boheme (Drama Desk Award nomination). National tour: Peter Pan. Regional: Damn Yankees, It Shoulda Been You (George Street Playhouse), The 39 Steps (George Street and The Cape Playhouse). Films: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; The Swan Princess. Concerts: Ragtime, Follies: In Concert. Solo CD: Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still, available online.
SIMON JONES* (J.V. "MAJOR" BOUVIER / NORMAN VINCENT PEALE)
Broadway: The Real Thing, Benefactors, School for Scandal, Getting Married, Private Lives, The Real Inspector Hound, Herbal Bed, Ring Round the Moon, Waiting in the Wings, Blithe Spirit, (also in London’s West End and North American National tour - all with Angela Lansbury). Films include: Privates on Parade, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Miracle on 34th Street and The Devil’s Own. Recent TV: OZ (HBO), to Cambridge Spies (BBC), and the portrayal of C.S.Lewis in The Question of God (PBS) – but still best-known as ‘Bridey’ in TV’s Brideshead Revisited and ‘Arthur Dent’ in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (radio, TV & stage versions). Award-winning Narrator of Audio Books and served for 12 years as co-Artistic Director of TACT, Off-Broadway theatre company. Jones was also in Bay Street Theater’s production of Quartet in 2006 with Kaye Ballard and Sian Phillips. Details: www.simonjonesinfo.com
MATT DOYLE* (JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, JR. / JERRY)
Matt most recently starred as Trey in the new musical Brooklynite at the Vineyard Theater in NYC directed by Michael Mayer. Broadway: The Book of Mormon (Elder Price), War Horse (Billy Narracott), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo Peabody). National Tour: Spring Awakening (Melchior). Off-Broadway: Jasper in Deadland (Jasper). Regional: Jasper in Deadland at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle (Jasper), Giant at Dallas Theater Center (Jordy Jr). Film/TV: Gossip Girl (Jonathan), Private Romeo (Glenn). Recordings: Bare (Peter). Matt's solo EPs, Daylight and Constant (Co-written by Will Van Dyke), are available on iTunes.
JAMES HARKNESS* (BROOKS, SR. / BROOKS, JR.)
Is thrilled to be a part of this production! James is currently on Broadway in Beautiful The Carole King Musical. Other Broadway credits include: Aida, The Color Purple, Chicago, and Guys and Dolls. James next project is directing The Color Purple for The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Thanks to Michael Wilson, Stewart/Whitley Casting and to Dave Brenner for his continued support.
SARAH HUNT* (YOUNG "LITTLE EDIE BEALE)
A graduate of last year’s Juilliard class, Sarah made her Broadway debut last season in Sting’s The Last Ship. Other credits include: 1st National Tour of Spring Awakening (Martha), Middletown, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret and Twelfth Night. Love and thanks to her own beautiful Beales: Mom, Nicole, and Jason. For dad. Not gone.
GRACIE BEARDSLEY (JACQUELINE BOUVIER)
Gracie Beardsley is thrilled to spend her summer in Sag Harbor working at Bay Street Theater! She was most recently seen in How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Other regional favorites include The Sound of Music (Paper Mill Playhouse), Mary Poppins (Fireside), and Into the Woods (Kids of the Arts). When not performing, Gracie loves to bake, do voice overs, video blog, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.
DAKOTA RILEY QUACKENBUSH (LEE BOUVIER)
Dakota Riley Quackenbush is a nine year old resident of East Hampton attending the John Marshal Elementary School. She has appeared in the East Hampton YMCA showcases under the vocal direction Lucy Carracappa-Gordon. She has appeared as Tiny Tim’s sister in a Spectacular Christmas Carol and Tap: An Evening of Rhythm produced by our fabulous variety show at Guild Hall.
Little Edie Bouvier Beale on the porch looking at the notice
from the Health Department. Photo courtesy of The East Hampton Star
MICHAEL WILSON (DIRECTOR)
Michael made his television directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Ostar Productions film adaptation of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful -- starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, Keke Palmer and Clancy Brown – which premiered on Lifetime in March 2014. On Broadway, Wilson directed Tyson and Williams in the 2013 revival of The Trip to Bountiful for which Tyson won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In 2010, Wilson received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his direction of Foote’s three-part, nine-hour epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle. His productions on Broadway have been distinguished by a collective ten Tony Award nominations, including Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; Dividing the Estate; Enchanted April; and Old Acquaintance. Off-Broadway, he directed the 2013 Roundabout Theater Company revival of Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly (starring Sarah Paulson) and the premiere of Foote’s The Old Friends (Signature Theater). Other productions include the premieres of Eve Enlser’s Necessary Targets; Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children (Lincoln Center Theatre); Tina Howe’s Chasing Manet (Primary Stages); Christopher Shinn’s Picked (Vineyard Theatre) and What Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons); Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (RTC). Internationally, he directed Tony Kushner’s Angels in America Parts 1 & 2 for the Venice Biennale. He has directed at our nation’s major theaters, including the Alley, A.R.T., Goodman, Guthrie, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, Old Globe and Hartford Stage, where as Artistic Director from 1998 to 2011, he directed numerous classics such as Macbeth (starring Denis O’Hare), and commissioned and developed numerous new plays, including Quiara Alegria Hudes’ 2012 Pulizer Prize winning play Water By the Spoonful.
DOUG WRIGHT (BOOK)
Douglas earned the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play I Am My Own Wife. Other stage works include Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid, Hands on a Hardbody, and Posterity at The Atlantic. Film: Quills, based on his Obie-winning play, nominated for three Academy Awards. Television: “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” directed by Rob Marshall. Honors: Benjamin Dank Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Tolerance Prize, Kulturforum Europa; Paul Selvin Award, Writers Guild of America. Professional affiliations: President of the Dramatists Guild, a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and a trustee of the New York Theatre Workshop. Wright is married to singer/songwriter David Clement.
SCOTT FRANKEL (MUSIC)
Scott was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his work on Grey Gardens, which ran at Playwrights Horizons before moving to Broadway. Since then, the show has been performed regularly across the country as well as internationally. He has also written the music for Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Finding Neverland (UK premiere, 2012), Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater), Doll (Ravinia Festival, Richard Rodgers Award), and Meet Mister Future (winner, Global Search for New Musicals), all with lyricist Michael Korie. Frankel is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Frederick Loewe Award. He was the 2011-2012 Frances and William Schuman Fellow at The MacDowell Colony and a graduate of Yale University.
MICHAEL KORIE (LYRICS)
Michael was nominated for a Tony and received Outer Critics Circle award for his lyrics to Grey Gardens (composer Scott Frankel, book by Doug Wright, directed by Michael Greif) produced at Playwrights Horizons, on Broadway, nationally, and abroad. He wrote the lyrics to Far From Heaven developed at Williamstown Theatre Festival and produced at Playwrights Horizons (composer Frankel, book by Richard Greenberg, directed by Michael Greif), lyrics to Happiness at Lincoln Center Theater (composer Frankel, book by John Weidman, directed by Susan Stroman), and co-wrote lyrics to Doctor Zhivago with Amy Powers (composer Lucy Simon, book by Michael Weller, directed by Des McAnuff). For opera, Korie wrote the libretto to composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath produced at Minnesota Opera, Carnegie Hall, among others, and operas composed by Stewart Wallace including Harvey Milk at San Francisco Opera, Kabbalah at Brooklyn Academy, and Where’s Dick? at Houston Grand Opera directed by Richard Foreman. Korie’s lyrics have received the Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Award, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. He teaches lyric-writing at Yale and mentors the musical theater Fellows Program for the Dramatists Guild.
The 2015 Mainstage Season is sponsored in part by New York State through the generosity of Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle; the New York State Council on The Arts, a State Agency; Town of Southampton; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Shubert Foundation; and fully or partially funded by the Suffolk County Executive’s Office. Additional support for the musical comes from Adrianne and Jerry Cohen. Support for new work comes from The Scott Schwartz New Development Fund and the Joseph Stein New Musical Fund.
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