Grey Gardens Lapel Buttons Spread the Gospel of the Beales

News   Grey Gardens Lapel Buttons Spread the Gospel of the Beales The slogan-filled lapel buttons being handed out at the Walter Kerr Theatre do not endorse candidates in the coming elections — unless there is community-wide plan for write-in votes for the Kennedy-linked ladies of Grey Gardens.

You too can wear the mantra of Edith,
You too can wear the mantra of Edith, "I Sliced My Life, and Licked the Knife," with the buttons being given out at Grey Gardens Photo by Joan Marcus with photo illustration by Playbill.com

During previews leading to the Broadway musical's Nov. 2 opening, buttons of varying sizes and colors, with different fonts and sayings, have been handed out by ushers at the Kerr.

The inexpensive, low-tech, grass-roots attempt to create buzz and stimulate curiosity in the tragi-comic musical was cooked up by Kelly Gonda, president of East of Doheny, the lead producer of Grey Gardens.

Many of the buttons reflects lyrics and lines of dialogue, drawn from the actual epithets, epigrams and credos expressed by Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the eccentrics who were Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis' respective aunt and cousin.

Their expressions were widely heard first in the 1975 film documentary, "Grey Gardens," and later recapitulated (to music) in the award-winning musical that has a book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. The ladies who launched a thousand quips represented the underbelly of the American dream; the once-grand society dames, by 1973, lived in squalor in a cat-infested 28-room ruin in East Hampton, Long Island.

The Grey Gardens production office provided Playbill.com with a list of button slogans. Maybe you've seen the following around town:  

 

  • Oh God!
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  • Mother Darling
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  • Jerry Likes My Corn
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  • It's my…sobriquet
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  • Daddy's Girl
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  • Staunch!
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  • Happy as a Clam
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  • Take off that Lipstick!
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  • Meow!
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  • Not today Geraldine
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  • Start the Revolution!
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  • Here's to love, in all of its infinite varieties
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  • Lovely to meet you, Mr. Kennedy
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  • Choose to be happy
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  • We've done more than just hold hands
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  • How dare you wear high heels!
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  • Taste is for cowards
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  • I got me a bonafide man
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  • I sliced my life and licked the knife
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  • It's a goddamn beautiful day, SHUT UP!
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  • Two peas in a pod
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  • Wash off the perfume!
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  • Da-da da-da Dum…
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  • Here's your pate, mother darling!
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  • War should be against the law
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  • I'll eat the cake I have
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  • Feed the cats…starve your mother
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  • You're entering Grey Gardens
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  • I only hope my costume stays up
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  • Dammit woman I'll have to start drinking
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  • The hallmark of aristocracy is responsibility Visit www.greygardensthemusical.com.

     

  • A sampling of the many buttons featuring phrases from <i>Grey Gardens</i>.
    A sampling of the many buttons featuring phrases from Grey Gardens.