Cast and crew were announced today for Theo Ubique’s production of the hilarious and heartbreaking musical GREY GARDENS, to be performed at the Howard Street Theatre at 721 Howard St., Evanston, from March 6 to April 26, 2020. Harmony France will assume the dual roles of the younger Edith Bouvier Beale and Beale’s daughter “Little” Edie Beale, the reclusive aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. France, the Founding Artistic Director of Firebrand Theatre has won raves for her leading roles in such musicals as VIOLET, DESSA ROSE, and most recently in Firebrand’s ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE; Artistic Director Fred Anzevino will direct the musical by Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie. The press opening performances will be Sunday, March 15 at 7:00 pm and Monday, March 16 at 7:30 pm., following previews from March 6-14.
Nancy Kolton, who was seen most recently in Porchlight’s ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER and Theater at the Center’s ANNIE WARBUCKS, will play Edith Bouvier Beale (“Big Edie”) at age 78. Kyrie Anderson will play “Little” Edie at age 23. Anderson appeared recently as Sandra Bloom in BoHo’s BIG FISH, and she earned a Jeff Award nomination for leading actress in a musical for BLOOD BROTHERS with Theo Ubique.
Also in the cast are Ryan Lanning (Alfie in Pride Films and Plays’ recent A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE) as George Gould Strong, Dan Gold (MADAGASCAR at Marriott Theatre and HANDS ON A HARDBODY with Refuge Theatre Project) as Joseph Kennedy, Jr. and Jerry; Steve Kimbrough (GOLDEN GIRLS-THE LOST EPISODES with Hell in a Handbag) as Major Bouvier and Norman Vincent Peale; Marc Prince (AFTERGLOW with Pride Films and Plays, POSEIDON: AN UPSIDE DOWN MUSICAL with Hell in a Handbag, and THE FULL MONTY with Theo Ubique) as Brooks; Paige Daigle (understudy for Alice in LIZZIE BORDEN with Firebrand) as Jacqueline Bouvier; and India Rose (a sophomore at Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts, who appeared at the Lyric Opera in DEAD MAN WALKING).as Lee Bouvier. Understudies are Kyrie Anderson (Big Edie), Paige Daigle (younger “Little” Edie), Anna Blanchard (Jacqueline Bouvier, Lee Bouvier), Alex Jackson (Joseph Kennedy, Jr., Jerry, George Gould Strong).
The production team includes Resident Music Director Jeremy Ramey (Music Director), Jon Martinez (Assistant Director, Choreographer), Nicholas James Schwartz (Scenic Designer/Technical Director), Steph Taylor (Costume Designer), James Kolditz (Lighting Designer), Giselle Castro (Sound Designer), Keith Ryan (Wig Designer), Jillian Gryzlak (Properties Designer), Kathy Logelin (Dialect Coach), Daryl A. Ritchie (Production Manager), Brenden Zwiebel (Stage Manager), and Joshua Kime (Assistant Stage Manager).
The story begins in 1941, when the older Edie (France) is in a troubled marriage and the younger Edie (Anderson) has hopes of marrying Joseph Kennedy Jr., brother of the future U.S. President. The second act takes place in 1973, when the 79-year-old divorced Big Edie (Kolton) and the never-married 56-year-old Little Edie (France) are living alone together in their decaying Long Island estate of Grey Gardens. The 2006 Broadway production won Tony Awards for Christine Ebersole, who played both the Big Edie of 1941 and the Little Edie of 1973; and for Mary Louise Wilson, who played Big Edie at age 79.
Single tickets will be on sale soon. All performances will be staged in the Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard Street, Evanston.
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