We promised to bring you more thoughts on the extraordinary Nicholas Hytner vs. The Critics kerfuffle but something far more interesting has come up.
In case you don’t know: Grey Gardens is about two eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis both of whom are called Edie (which is also – further amazing coincidence – the name of one of Andrew’s cats).
As the show’s website explains:
Once among the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, these two women became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses, living in a dilapidated 28-room mansion. Set in two eras – 1941 when the estate was in its prime and in 1973 when it was reduced to squalour – the musical tells the alternatiely hilarious and hartbreaking story of two indomitable women: Edith Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter “Little” Edie.
As Phil is fond of pointing out, the story of eccentric forgotten society people happily living in squalour among endless cats and spending their days singing showtunes to themselves has more resonance for Andrew than makes for comfortable viewing.
Oh well. It could be worse. He could be Phil.
Here’s a video about the Broadway show:
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