Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Grey Gardens at the JPAC!

Broadway Musical GREY GARDENS at the JPAC!

The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero proudly presents the hit Broadway musical GREY GARDENS at their 250-seat theatre just outside the Chicago city limits. GREY GARDENS stars Mary Nigohosian of Batavia, Mary Hobein of Woodridge, Tessa Newman of Naperville, Gary Saipe of Libertyville, Katelyn Smith of Broadview and Austin Cook, Charles Lane Cowen, Jill Sesso and Steven Perkins of Chicago.

GREY GARDENS is the fascinating, true story of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s cousin and Aunt who lived together for decades in a decaying estate in East Hampton, New York. Their story was told in an acclaimed 1976 documentary film, which was remade in 2009 as an HBO film starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.

The Broadway musical’s first act takes place in 1941 during the height of Grey Gardens’ splendor, and the second act takes place in 1973 after the estate and its occupants have gone into decline. The musical took home three Tony Awards in 2006, and the score runs the gambit from show-biz razzle-dazzle to heart-breaking ballads.

GREY GARDENS is directed by Micheal A. Kott with music direction by Adam Gustafson, Choreography by Sarah Bright, Scenic Design by Michael Nedza, Costume Design by Jennifer Ring and Lighting Design by Dante Orfei. Music direction is by Adam Gustafson who will lead an 8-piece live orchestra.

GREY GARDENS opens January 14th at 7:30pm and plays Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm through January 29th with 3pm Matinees on Sunday January 16th and Sunday January 23th. Tickets are $17, $15 (senior citizens) and $10 (18 and younger), and are available on-line at www.jpactheatre.com, or by calling JPAC’s box-office at 708-656-1800.

I've seen the show on Broadway with Tony winner's Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson and in it's Chicago premiere at the Northlight Theater with Joseph Jefferson Award winner Hollis Resnik so I'm looking forward to this.


The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center is in its 30th season of producing an affordable lineup of outstanding plays and musicals just outside the Chicago city limits. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dante Orfei, JPAC provides a varied season of 3 plays and 3 musicals to over 6,000 patrons a year including over 300 subscribers. JPAC is committed to high production values and low prices and has become known for Chicago premieres of new and rarely produced work and for lavish productions of large-scale Broadway musicals. For more information, please visit http://www.jpactheatre.com/.

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