A first video has been released from the eagely anticipated European premiere of the Broadway musical Grey Gardens.
The video features Jenna Russell, who won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Sunday in the Park With George, singing the haunting ballad Another Winter in a Summer Town.
Based on the iconic film, with Book by Doug Wright, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie, Grey Gardens tells the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale – played in the London premiere by Olivier Award-winners Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell.
Plot: 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’. Winner of three Tony Awards and nominated for a further seven, along with 12 Drama Desk Awards on Broadway, Grey Gardens is from the multi award-winning team behind Grand Hotel, Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel, producer Danielle Tarento and director Thom Southerland.
It has also been announced that Mark Shenton, joint Chief Critic of The Stage and London correspondent of Playbill, will host a post-show Q&A on Friday 8th January with the show’s Tony nominated creative team – Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie. Entry will be free to ticket holders from that night’s performance.
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