Maureen Moore will sub for Ebersole April 3-8 at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre. Ebersole deserves the break: During her run playing no less than two roles in the musical by Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, she has sung at benefits, co-hosted a morning talk show, recorded tracks for a Broadway cast album and performed live at 9 AM on a TV news program.
Since the world premiere of Grey Gardens in spring 2006 at Playwrights Horizons (prior to the move to Broadway), Tony Award-winning Ebersole has been critically acclaimed for playing Edith Bouvier Beale in 1941 (Act One) and her middle-aged daughter, Edie, in 1973 (Act Two).
Ebersole standby Moore was the first replacement Fantine (after Randy Graff) in Les Miserables on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut as June in the 1974 Broadway revival of Gypsy. Years later, she would go on to perform the starring role on Broadway, playing Mama Rose (as standby for Bernadette Peters) in the 2003 revival. Her Broadway credits also include Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond), the 1998 revival of Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Claire), Song & Dance (Emma), Amadeus (Constanze), Falsettos (Cordelia), Big River, I Love My Wife (Cleo) and last season's revival of The Threepenny Opera (Walter). She was also the crisp Charlotte in A Little Night Music for New York City Opera, a staging that was aired on PBS.
The Grey Gardens score recently won The ASCAP Foundation's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award for composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie, and was also nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin and Music Director is Lawrence Yurman.
The cast of Grey Gardens includes Mary-Louise Wilson as a decrepit older Big Edie; five-time Tony Award nominee John McMartin as both "Major" Bouvier and Norman Vincent Peale; Matt Cavenaugh as both Joe Kennedy, Jr. and Jerry; Erin Davie as Young Little Edie Beale; Kelsey Fowler (in her Broadway debut) as Lee Bouvier; Sarah Hyland (title role in Paper Mill's Annie) as Jacqueline Bouvier; Obie Award winner Michael Potts as Brooks Sr. and Brooks Jr.; and two-time Tony Award nominee Bob Stillman as Gould.
For additional information about the new Michael Greif-directed Grey Gardens, visit www.greygardensthemusical.com.