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.
Book by Doug Wright, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie
Directed by Fred Anzevino
Music Direction by Jeremy Ramey
March 6 – April 26, 2020
Ticket prices previews (Fridays – Sundays March 6 – 14): $35.00
Ticket prices regular run (Thursdays – Sundays December 19 – January 26): $42.00 – $54.00
$5.00 discount for seniors and students on regular run seats
Dinner (optional) is $29.00. Advance reservations required
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 7:00 pm.
All performances will be held at the Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard Street, Evanston
More information at www.theo-u.com or by phone at 773-347-1109 weekdays.
Student/Industry Rush All Season Long!
(Starting 15 minutes before curtain, all unsold seats will be released for $20 for those with a valid student ID or for industry with biz card or headshot.)
The hilarious and heartbreaking story of “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The two were once bright names on the social register of Long Island society but became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses. This musical by Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie is based on the 1975 documentary film by David and Albert Maysles.
Fred Anzevino (Co-founder/Artistic Director, Director) has dedicated most of his life to the theatre. A native Rhode Islander, Fred attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC), RI College and the George Washington University MFA program. As an actor he toured in a National Tour of Roger Miller’s Tony Award Winning Musical BIG RIVER. In the late 80’s Fred moved to the Windy City with a collaborative production from the DC Cabaret Company called A Dance Against Darkness: Living with AIDS (nominated for several DC Helen Hayes awards (1989). Since then he co-founded Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, serving as Artistic Director and producing over 60 productions – most notably at the No Exit Cafe in Rogers Park. With his 2019 award for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, Fred is now a five-time Jeff Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical. Fred is proud to have mentored several of Chicago’s best and brightest young musical theatre talent.
Jeremy Ramey (Resident Music Director) is a concert pianist, conductor and music director based in Chicago. This year, Jeremy received his tenth Jeff nomination and sixth Jeff Award for his work on THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. He had previously received Jeff awards for SWEENEY TODD, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, RENT, and THE MOST HAPPY FELLA all with Theo Ubique. In 2016, he won his second Broadway World Award for Music Direction for his work on BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS with the production company Hell in a Handbag. He received his training in piano performance and music at Rhodes College, Northwestern University and The Juilliard School of Music.
Doug Wright (Book) wrote the book for the Broadway production of THE LITTLE MERMAID. In 2006, he received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his book for the Broadway musical GREY GARDENS. In 2004, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award, a GLAAD Media Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama League Award, and a Lucille Lortel Award for his play I AM MY OWN WIFE. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wright won an Obie Award for outstanding achievement in playwriting and the Kesselring Award for Best New American Play from the National Arts Club for his play QUILLS. He went on to write the screenplay adaptation, making his motion picture debut. The film was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review and nominated for three Academy Awards. His screenplay was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and received the Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of America. For director Rob Marshall, Doug penned the television special “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” which received seven Emmy Awards.
Michael Korie (Lyrics) received the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony nomination for his lyrics to GREY GARDENS, music by Scott Frankel, book by Doug Wright, directed by Michael Greif. Produced at Playwrights Horizons and transferred to Broadway, the show was recorded on P.S. Classics. Korie wrote the libretto to composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera THE GRAPES OF WRATH, premiered to acclaim at Minnesota Opera followed by productions at Utah Opera, Opera Pacific and Pittsburgh Opera, and a recording issued by P.S. Classic. His librettos for operas composed by Stewart Wallace include HARVEY MILK (San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera), HOPPER’S WIFE (Long Beach Opera), KABBALAH (Brooklyn Academy Next Wave Festival), and WHERE’S DICK?, directed by Richard Foreman (Houston Grand Opera). He cowrote lyrics with Amy Powers to composer Lucy Simon’s DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, book by Michael Weller, directed by Des McAnuff at La Jolla Playhouse. HAPPINESS, created for Lincoln Center Theater with Scott Frankel, John Weidman and director Susan Stroman, opened in 2009. Also with Frankel and bookwriter Allan Knee, he wrote lyrics to FINDING NEVERLAND for The Weinstein Company. Korie’s lyrics have received The Kleban Award and Jonathan Larson Foundation Award. He serves on the Council for the Dramatists Guild and teaches lyric writing at Yale.
Scott Frankel (Music) 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 & William Schuman Fellow at The MacDowell Colony and is a graduate of Yale University.
ABOUT THEO UBIQUE
Theo Ubique was founded in 1997 by artistic director Fred Anzevino. Productions were first staged at the Heartland Studio Theatre, and from 2004 to May 2018, at No Exit Café, where the company began focusing on musicals and revues, reigniting the cabaret theatre trend in Chicago. The company moved to the Howard Street Theatre, a venue owned and developed for Theo Ubique by the City of Evanston, in fall of 2018. Theo Ubique has produced more than 60 shows and won more than 60 Jeff Awards, having received nearly 150 nominations. The company also earned three After Dark Awards.