Grey Gardens musical revives eccentric mother-daughter duo

How a 1976 documentary about two women living in squalor became the inspiration for a Tony-winning musical.
Toronto stage performer Lisa Horner plays both Edies in a new production of Tony Award-winning Grey Gardens: The Musical. (actingupstage.com)

Actress and singer Lisa Horner joins guest host Talia Schlanger to discuss her dual role as Big Edie and Little Edie of Grey Gardens fame. 

Grey Gardens: The Musical is a fictionalized version of the 1976 Maysles brothers documentary. The story centers on two eccentric women living on Long Island: elderly Edith Beale and her middle-aged daughter Edie — infamous relatives of  Jackie Kennedy Onassis — who lived together in a dilapidated East Hampton mansion, flush with feral cats. 

WEB EXTRA | Watch a short preview of the Tony-winning musical. Plus, watch the trailer for the original documentary below. 


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