Photo Flash: 'Grey Gardens' Documentary Screening

March 5
1:19 PM 2008

Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway, a new documentary film by East of Doheny with Albert Maysles, premiered on Monday March 3 in New York, hosted by East of Doheny and The Actors Fund at The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52nd Street) and was preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion with the musical's composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie, moderated by journalist Patrick Pacheco (Los Angeles Times, NY1 News).

"Grey Gardens: From East Hampton To Broadway unfolds the creative journey of Albert Maysles' cult classic, Grey Gardens, from non-fiction film to the legendary Broadway musical it became," describe press notes.

Film summary: This new 50-minute documentary unfolds the creative journey of Albert Maysles' cult classic, Grey Gardens – from nonfiction film to spectacularly mounted Broadway musical. Captured in the 1975 Maysles' film Grey Gardens, the indomitable Edith Beale and her daughter Edie, aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, were revealed to be a most unique and engaging mother daughter act- inhabiting a folie a deux built upon powerful independence, quirky eccentricity, courage, devotion and love. Their essence and their story soon catapulted them to cult icon status, an ironic counterpoint to Mrs. Onassis' own such status, and culminating in the ultimate homage: being portrayed on the Broadway stage.  The documentary will feature behind-the-scenes footage of the show's rehearsals, performance and insightful interviews with the creators and cast, as well as a revealing interview with Albert Maysles and relevant insights from Beale authorities, devotees, cultural commentators, audiences and fans.

Photos by Heather Oppelt

Actor’s Fund Executive Director Joe Benincasa and Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin

Original Grey Gardens cast member Sarah Hyland (now in "Lipstick Jungle"?), Grey Gardens lyricist Michael Korie and Broadway's original Little Edie, Erin Davie

Composer Scott Frankel, East of Doheny producer Kelly Gonda, Sarah Hyland, Erin Davie and Kelsey Fowler

Actress Jane Powell

Kelly Gonda and Joe Benincasa

Susan Birkenhead and Kelly Gonda

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