April 17-26, 2020
Due to ongoing uncertainty around public gatherings and the advance planning needed to stage a play, the Guild will not be presenting Grey Gardens this spring. More information can be found here.
Grey Gardens is a musical that tracks the lives of two mother/daughter socialites (the aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) as their lives fall from glittering, wild extravagance to seclusion in a crumbling estate overrun by cats. As the mother is left bedridden, and her daughter comes to grapple with the loss that has left them destitute, the pair try to reconcile their relationship and missed opportunities. As hilarious as it is tragic, the musical was nominated for numerous Tony and Drama Desk awards, as well as a Grammy nomination for its enrapturing score. Grey Gardens is a heartfelt musical wrought with humor, wit and compassion- with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, and lyrics by Michael Korie, based on the 1975 documentary of the same name. Directed by Mishia Edwards.
Big Edie – Lisa Johnson
Little Edie/Big Edie – Wendy Placko
George Gould Strong – Steve Lawler
Young Little Edie Beale – Lara Akal
Jackie Bouvier – Jordan Fields
Lee Bouvier – Kyra Reverman
Major Bouvier/Norman Vincent Peale – Dan Stephans
Brooks – TBA
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr/Jerry – Eli Aronson
“. . . brings to mind two phrases seldom linked nowadays: ‘Broadway musical’ and ‘artistic integrity’. . . the songs, with music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, sustain a level of refined language and psychological detail as elevated as Stephen Sondheim’s. The score is a meticulously fashioned piece of musical theater that gains in depth the more you listen to it.” – The New York Times
“Michael Korie’s lyrics are wonderfully smart and funny, even when—especially when?—he’s just showing off, like rhyming “Fanny Hill” and “De Tocqueville.” Sondheim aside, they’re the sharpest in town.” – New York Magazine
Mishia Edwards is grateful and excited to direct for the Northfield Arts Guild again. Previous directing experiences with the Guild include Population 485, God Girl, Little Women The Musical, Proof, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Crimes of The Heart, Little Shop of Horrors, It’s A Wonderful Life, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Mishia also works with The Chameleon Theatre Circle where she has served as a Board and Committee Member. Additionally, she directs the St. Olaf Summer Theatre Camp.