This one is actually the story of Jackie Kennedy Onassis' cousin, Edith Bouvier Beale and Beale's daughter, Little Edie.
The scene is set in the glamorous Hamptons on Long Island in the Beale family mansion known as Grey Gardens. The story is set as a musical performed acoustically in the Allen Arena Theatre with direction by ACT's artistic director Kurt Beattie.
This musical follows the spectacular decline of Edith Beale and Little Edie from their well-to-do socialite lifestyle in a downward spiral into squalor and a penniless existence of co-dependency.
Their once beautiful 42-room mansion went from splendor into a decaying mess of rooms filled with cats and piles of hoarded junk.
How did this fall occur? That true story is captured here.
"Grey Gardens" opens at 8 p.m. March 16 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle.
Tickets start at $55. Call 206- 292-7676 or go to www.acttheatre.org.
The 5th Avenue Theatre season: The new 2013-2014 season has premieres, family favorites and immortal musicals, including Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess."
Season subscriptions are on sale now by calling 206-625-1900 and online at www.5thavenuetheatre.org. Shows are performed at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle.
The new season lineup:
"Secondhand Lions": Sept. 10. In this new musical, a boy's imagination is sparked by tales his uncles tell him and his summer on a Texas farm turns into a time of untold adventures.
"Anything Goes": Oct. 15. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, this madcap, tap-dancing revival about romance gone wacky aboard an ocean liner is chuck full of Porter hits including "You're the Top," "I Get a Kick Out of You, "It's De-Lovely" and "Anything Goes."
"Oliver!": Nov. 29. This story of triumph over impossible odds by Charles Dickens is the holiday offering with music that includes "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?," "Who Will Buy?" and "Food, Glorious Food."
Monty Python's "Spamalot": Jan. 30. This is classic Monty Python and based on their movie about the Holy Grail. It contains iconic Python schtick while following King Arthur on his search and reminding audiences to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."
"A Room with a View": April 8. For all you fans, this musical is set in the same era as Downton Abbey and there's change afoot in this world of privilege and tradition as the characters break conventions and strive to live life to the fullest.
"Little Shop of Horrors": April 12. ACT Theatre and the 5th Avenue team up to present the sadistic dentist, the Skid Row girl group, Seymour and Audrey and the man-eating plant from hell, Audrey II in this crazy, toe-tapping musical that mixes rock with doo-wop and Motown.
The Gershwins' "Porgy & Bess": July 11. This new revival about African American life in a make-believe place called Catfish Row in the 1930s was adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks but comes with Gershwin's "I Got Plenty of Nothing" and "Summertime."
The Paramount season: The 2013-14 KeyBank Broadway at the Paramount season offers some Broadway hits and classic favorites such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Evita" and "The Lion King."
Season ticket packages are available now at 888-451-4042 or www.stgpresents.org/Broadway. Single tickets for each show will go on sale at a later date. For more information, go to www.stgpresents.org/Broadway.
The season lineup:
"The Wizard of Oz": Oct. 9. This is Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production that contains all the beloved characters along with some new songs and surprises as Dorothy makes her way to the land of Oz.
"Priscilla Queen of the Desert": Nov. 12. The soundtrack is a clue as to how fun this coming of age musical can be with dance-floor favorites such as "It's Raining Men," "Finally" and "I Will Survive" that help tell the story of three friends on a road trip of their lives in the middle of the Australian outback.
"Evita": Dec. 31. More Andrew Lloyd Webber along with Tim Rice who tell the tragic story of Eva Peron, the First Lady of Argentina, with some of the most powerful music heard on stage, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored."
"The Lion King": March 11. Here's Tim Rice again, this time teaming up with Elton John to bring the rhythmic soundtrack of African-inspired tunes such as "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life" as the stage fills with a cast of animal characters.
"Once": May 27. This story focuses on a Dublin street musician whose lifelong dream is saved by a beautiful woman who takes an interest in his haunting love songs. The musical includes an ensemble of actors who play their own instruments on stage.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; firstname.lastname@example.org
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