Betty Buckley and Rachel York to Star in ‘Grey Gardens’ in Sag Harbor

By Erik Piepenburg

The New York Times

May  28, 2015

The Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley will star with Rachel York in a revival of the musical “Grey Gardens” this summer at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, N.Y., the theater announced Thursday.

Ms. Buckley and Ms. York will play Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who are at the center of the Tony Award-nominated show by Doug Wright (book), Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics). Michael Wilson will direct the production, set to run Aug. 4 to Aug. 30. Other cast members include Gracie Beardsley, Matt Doyle, James Harkness, Sarah Hunt, Simon Jones and Dakota Quackenbush.

Based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, “Grey Gardens” opened in March 2006 at Playwrights Horizons with Christine Ebersole as Little Edie and Mary Louise Wilson as Edith Bouvier Beale. The pair reprised their roles when the show moved to Broadway later that year, and both actresses won Tony Awards.

And how’s this for art meeting life: the Bay Street Theater is about eight miles from the East Hampton home — named Grey Gardens — where Big and Little Edie lived, making this production probably the closest the musical has ever come to being mounted near its namesake location.