If you haven’t heard of or seen the film, get ready to become as obsessed with Grey Gardens as we are. The documentary, released in the U.S. on February 19, 1976 (40 years to the day of the first preview of our production), shocked the world by introducing it to two legendary women, Little Edie and Big Edie Beale. They’re now iconic for their eccentric lifestyle, fashion sense, and some really crazy quotes. Here are a few of the best from the real-life Edies – some of these even inspired songs in the musical! More
Now that UnCovered has come to an end, we are turning our attention to our next production – the Toronto premiere of Grey Gardens.
Plans for Grey Gardens have been in the works for nearly a year already and so it’s a great delight (and relief) that we can let the cat out of the bag officially.
While the 1976 documentary following two women living in squalor may not instinctively seem like the stuff that musicals are made of, I have been thoroughly fascinated with the Grey Gardens musical since it premiered in New York in 2006 and I’m thrilled that we can finally bring it to the stage in Toronto with an all Canadian cast.
So why now? More
Halloween is almost here! While some people try to figure out the scariest or most pop culturally relevant costume to wear, it’s a Broadway enthusiast’s chance to pay homage to some of the greatest characters in musical theatre. All Hallow’s Eve provides an incredible opportunity to create/craft/design a costume that will make friends burst into four part harmony and jazz hands instead of screams of terror.
I’ve used many a Halloween night as a chance to display my love of musicals. At six years old, I dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West. In Grade 11, I was inspired to go trick-or-treating as the Emcee from Cabaret (the Joel Grey incarnation, not Alan Cumming). I painted my face white, rouged my cheeks and put on dress pants, a dress shit, suspenders and a bow tie. Unfortunately, it proved to be a rather frigid evening and I had to wear my winter coat… so everyone thought I was a mime. Last year, I even took a friends dare and dressed up as a sexy Grizabella from Cats. More