Friday, November 03, 2006

"Grey Gardens" Opens On Broadway

A musical about the calamitous fall of the Beales -- captured in a cult classic documentary film in the Seventies and now set to song -- "Grey Gardens" is a far cry from Meat Loaf, ain't it? Everyone agrees Christine Ebersole is brilliant and a clear front-runner for the Tony. The show itself is getting spottier reviews, but Ebersole makes this a must-see for theater aficionados. Ben Brantley of the New York Times gets it about right, Joe D at the Daily News points to the Little Edie of Act One as a weak link, USA Today is very encouraging and the NY Post remains the most skeptical by finding great fault with the score. I cna't recommend it to anyone but hardcore theater fans, but personally I would have hated to miss Ebersole.

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