Albert Maysles – who first revealed the women of Grey Gardens to the world in his acclaimed 1975 documentary "Grey Gardens" – along with East of Doheny films has documented the creation of the award-winning 2006 musical, Grey Gardens, which was based on that film.
The 50-minute documentary traces the musical's origins from Maysles' original film, which presented the eccentric "Big" Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter "Little" Edie Beale, aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The two had gone from wealthy socialites to recluses living in squalor in a 28-room mansion in East Hampton.
Maysles' latest documentary culminates in the film's musical adaptation for Playwrights Horizons and ultimately the Broadway stage, incorporating behind-the-scenes footage of the show's rehearsals, performances and interviews with the creators and cast, including Tony Award winners Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson. Maysles himself is interviewed within the film, which also provides insight from Beale authorities, devotees, cultural commentators, audiences and fans.
The Los Angeles event will be hosted by East of Doheny and The Actors Fund on April 22 at 7:30 PM at The Landmark Theatres. Grey Gardens composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie will be on hand for a post-screening discussion moderated by Patrick Pacheco.
An official release date for the documentary has not been set. The Landmark Theatres are located at 10850 Pico Boulevard in Westwood, CA.