Johnston will portray two generations of women in Grey Gardens, "Big Edith" Bouvier Beale for the first act and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale in the musical's second act. The role of Young Edie will be performed by Rachel Logue, and Koozin will portray the elder "Big Edie" in the 1973-set second act.
Stages' producing artistic director Kenn McLaughlin directs the Houston premiere of the musical, which features a score by composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie and a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright. Grey Gardens officially opens May 15 and will play through June 14 at Stages' Yeager Theatre.
The cast also features David Matranga (Joe Kennedy/Jerry), David Grant (Major Bouvier), Jonathon McVay (George Gould Strong), Kendrick Mitchell (Brooks), Morgan Starr (Jacqueline Bouvier), Janie Stewart (Lee Bouvier) and Michael Keeney.
Based on the Maysles brothers 1975 cult documentary, Grey Gardens traces the lives of East Hampton socialites "Big" and "Little" Edie Beale, whose mother-daughter tug of war ultimately finds the eccentric and resilient duo residing in a dilapidated mansion overrun with cats and raccoons.
Steven Jones serves as musical director on a creative team that also includes scenic designer Kevin Holden, lighting designer Jeremy Choate, sound designer Andrew Harper and costume designer Andrew Cloud. Grey Gardens first premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2006 and subsequently transferred to Broadway where it ran for 307 performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Grey Gardens earned a Tony nomination for Best Musical and garnered Tony Awards for leads Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, as well as for costume designer William Ivey Long.
For tickets phone (713) 527-0123 or visit StagesTheatre. Stages Repertory Theatre is located at 3201 Allen Parkway at Waugh Drive in Houston, TX.