Barbara Walsh Will Play "Edies" of Grey Gardens in DC; Casting Complete

News   Barbara Walsh Will Play "Edies" of Grey Gardens in DC; Casting Complete Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh, of Big, Falsettos and Company, will play the dual roles of middle-aged Edith and Little Edie in the Washington, DC, premiere of Grey Gardens, the musical.
Barbara Walsh in Grey Gardens.
Barbara Walsh in Grey Gardens.

The Studio Theatre will produce the Tony Award-nominated musical portrait of American decay by Doug Wright (book), Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) Nov. 12-Dec. 21. Serge Seiden will direct Walsh, who will be grand hostess Edith in Act One in 1941 and then her middle-aged daughter, Edie, in Act Two in 1972. Walsh was Tony-nominated (and Drama Desk-nominated) for her work in Falsettos. She was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award for playing salty Joanne in the recent Company directed by John Doyle.

Barbara Broughton, the respected regional and New York actress, will play aged Edith in Act Two.

Opening is Nov. 16. The cast will also feature Bobby Smith (Gould), Jenna Sokolowski (Little Edie), Alison Cenname (Lee), James Foster Jr. (Brooks), Simone Grossman (Jackie), Ryan Hilliard (Mr. Bouvier) and Matthew Stucky (Joe/Jerry).

The creative team includes George Fulginiti-Shakar (music director), Mathew Gardiner (choreographer), Russell Metheny (set designer), Michael Lincoln (lighting designer), Alex Jaeger (costume designer) and Gil Thompson (sound designer).

According to the Studio, "Behind the closed doors of a dilapidated mansion, alongside 50 cats and piles of rubbish, live two bizarre and beautiful women who just happen to be the cousin and aunt of a Kennedy. Based on the groundbreaking documentary by David and Albert Maysles, this cult hit was nominated for ten Tonys."

Christine Ebersole won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for playing Edith/Little Edie. She is heard on the Off-Broadway and Broadway cast albums of the show.

Grey Gardens will play the Studio Theatre's Metheny Theatre. For more information visit www.studiotheatre.org.