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 documented the creation of the award-winning 2006 musical, Grey Gardens, which was based on that film.
The musical's composer Scott Frankel and book writer Doug Wright will be on hand for the screenings that will take place June 20 (6:30 PM), 21 (6:30 PM) and 22 (7 PM) at Vixen. Frankel and Wright will not participate in the June 22 screening.
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.
An official release date for the documentary has not been set. For tickets and further information visit www.ptownfilmfest.org.