Four out of five stars.
I came to the musical Grey Gardens with very little knowledge of the cult seventies documentary on which it is based.
But that didn’t reduce my enjoyment in the slightest.
It’s the story of mother and daughter ‘Big’ and ‘Little’ Edie Beale, relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy, who lived in squalor in the house Grey Gardens.
Split into two distinct halves, the first hour dwells on an imagined back story, the second a straight forward character piece with little plot development based on the aforementioned documentary.
So not a traditional musical here.But for me it really worked. In particular the second section which has better songs and more humour.
The Southwark Playhouse continues its winning streak of revivals of neglected musicals. Great staging, a wonderful cast – a standing ovation at my performance.
And at the centre of the show is Jenna Russell. Outstanding.
After the show the Subtitled Friends recollected the extraordinary run of performances of Miss Russell. From ‘Soho Cinders’ to ‘Urinetown’ and the unbeatable ‘Merrily We Roll Along’, she delivers every time.
And she does in ‘Grey Gardens’ too. Have a listen…