Grey Gardens is a truly great show which I saw by a professional company in my local area. The score is quite well crafted even if it’s very stylized sound takes time to get used to at first. Ebersole, Mary Louise Wilson, and the Broadway cast are sublime on the recording (The Off-Broadway Cast is good, but I prefer the OBC version). I love Will You?, Drift Away, Pea In A Pod, The Cake I Had, Around The World, Another Winter In A Summer Town, Choose To Be Happy, Daddy’s Girl, The House We Live In, Jerry Likes My Corn, and The Girl Who Has Everything. Despite it’s tony wins, I think the show was sadly overshadowed by Spring Awakening in my opinion. I think it deserved Best Book over Spring Awakening because the strength of S.A clearly lies in its score and the story of Grey Gardens is haunting and extremely compelling. What do you guys think of GG? Did you see it on Broadway or have seen a production of it elsewhere? Which show If you had to make a choice, which one would you say you’d prefer Spring Awakening or Grey Gardens or another show that was nominated that year ? Personally, I love both and they are completely different, but I’d go with Spring Awakening today.
Grey Gardens should’ve won Musical, Score, and Book in addition to the Actress and Featured Actress wins it received. Was it a stunning show? Not completely, but it was easily the strongest show that season.
So considering this was the year of Spring Awakening and its massive sweep, I can’t ignore commenting on it. I was so underwhelmed by it and thought it was extremely overrated. It had some good moments, even some strong songs (The Bitch of Living), but I wasn’t surprised I was left cold because the whole show felt so into itself to me.
Then you have Mary Poppins, a movie musical that I adore (It is my favorite Disney movie), but the magic didn’t transfer onto the stage and all of the rewrites didn’t help matters.
Curtains is the typical, old-fashioned showbiz musical from days gone by. It was very serviceable and straight-forward at times but had really wonderful moments as well….and despite knowing it had mass appeal to some extent, I am a little surprised at the life it has had with regional, community, College, and High School theatres in the past couple of years.
Legally Blonde should’ve taken Mary Poppins spot (Spring Awakening gets in by default).
Grey Gardens was such a strange little gem of a musical, with a tour-de-force performance by Christine Ebersole and a great supporting ensemble led by Mary Louise Wilson and Erin Davie. While the documentary it was based on has a major following and also the recent HBO movie as well, the musical probably won’t see many regional or community runs, but in the end, it was my favorite of this lineup.
Thanks for commenting!!! Love the documentary! Have you seen it?
Yes, I love the documentary!
I found Spring Awakening wildly overrated. GG wasn’t entirely my cup of tea, but I vastly preferred it to SA. I do think “Another Winter in a Summer Town” is one of the four or five finest theatre songs written so far in this century.
“The Revolutionary Costume for Today” was a brilliant showpiece for Ebersole as well.