Grey Gardens: The Musical @ Portland Center Stage + Win Tickets | May 29-June 21

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to this. Read bottom of post for more details.

Posted by Nathalie Weinstein

Cat ladies and crumbling mansions at PCS's Grey Gardens: The Musical

I often imagine that I am fated to die an eccentric old3523053095_87a4821194 woman in a faux-leopard print coat at a decaying mansion somewhere, overrun with cats.

That's why my curiosity was piqued when I heard that Portland Center Stage was putting on a musical production of Grey Gardens, based upon a 1973 documentary about Big and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the aunt and cousin of the late Jackie Kennedy. Once socialites, the aunt and cousin of Mrs. Kennedy drew notoriety when the East Hampton Health Department tried to condemn their decaying 28-room beach house, where the two women had been living in filth and disrepair with over 160 cats…and raccoons to boot.

The fantastical story of these two women is sure to be made all the more odd with the addition of music, for which the musical was nominated for a Tony.

From Portland Center Stage:

Composer Scott Frankel approached playwright Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize winning author of I Am My Own Wife) with the idea to turn the documentary into a musical (Edie, after all, was nothing if not a singer and a dancer). They expanded the outlines of the story to include flashbacks to the time when Big Edie was still the crème of the New York social register and Little Edie was called "body beautiful Beale." Act one takes place in 1943, during their heyday, and Act Two takes place in 1973, when the documentary was filmed.

Grey Gardens: The Musical will be directed by Artistic Director Chris Coleman and will feature a bevy of actresses with glittering Broadway credits: Dale Soules (Act II Big Edie) was in the original cast of Hair and understudied Big Edie on Broadway, Rebecca Eichenberger (Act I Big Edie, Act II Little Edie) played Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera, Mother in Ragtime and Nettie in Carousel, all on the Great White Way, and Janine DaVita (Act I Little Edie) just finished playing Rizzo in the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease. Not to be outdone by the ladies, our own Music Director Rick Lewis will play Big Edie's pianist/confidante George Gould Strong, Victor Morris (Brooks Heir Sr.) recently debuted at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and Evan Thompson (Major Bouvier) had Broadway stints in Ivanov, City of Angels and 1776. Rounding out the cast are youngsters Madison Wray (Jackie Bouvier) last seen on PCS stages as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, Allisonn (not a typo) O'Neil (Lee Bouvier) and Ryan Jesse (Joe Kennedy/Jerry).

The show opens Friday, May 29th at the Gerding Theater at The Armory's main stage and runs through June 21st, 2009. Tickets range from $33.50 to $68.50. Visit


Win Tickets to Grey Gardens: PDX Pipeline is giving away a pair of tickets to Grey Gardens. In order to win, comment below on the easiest/best way to find a good parking space near PCS. If you take trimet, tell us the line you take in. If you walk, what shoes do you wear?

I will draw the winner on Friday at 4PM. I will email the winner. If you haven't received an email by 5PM, go to and buy tickets. :)

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60 Responses to Grey Gardens: The Musical @ Portland Center Stage + Win Tickets | May 29-June 21

  1. robertfeduccia May 28, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    My family saw this in New York and loved it! I am really hoping that we get a chance to go while it’s here in PDX.

    • Coco May 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

      I haven’t seen a play since a Christmas Carol. Help me out over here!

  2. Rhi May 28, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    Streetcar, of course!

  3. Jim Withington May 28, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Bus line #20 FTW!

    Though, it’s more of a pain now that they moved it off of the East side of burnside….

  4. John Keel May 28, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    We take the #9 in from SE Powell & SE 26th Ave and then get off at then get off near Burnside on 6th (I’m not sure what the new stop is now that they’re back on the old route) and walk the rest of the way. Oh, I’ll be wearing my Keen’s for a night out at the theater!

  5. Kent Moffat May 28, 2009 at 4:59 pm #

    Streetcar for me.

  6. Erika Kirkland May 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    I live in Nob Hill, so of course the street car’s easiest. Takes me from one door to the other. Hmm, which shoes to walk the whole 20 feet, it depends on the outfit. Hey, I am female after all.

  7. Minda May 28, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    I would love to go! Fun!

  8. Guinevere May 28, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    #19, and my dark red clogs!

  9. Michelle May 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    LOVE the movie and would LOVE to see the show!!!!! *Fingers crossed!*

  10. Michelle May 28, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    oh whoops I am way too slow.

  11. Jason Leivian May 28, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    We’ll walk across the bridge from east burnside. The weather’s so nice out now… dark side of the moon converse hi-tops.

  12. Corey Kaster May 28, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    This sounds awesome!


  13. brett May 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    I’ve been to more than a dozen plays at PCS and have never had trouble finding a parking place. The bike rack across the street in front of Deschutes Brewery almost always has an open slot, in case the racks in front of the theater itself are full. And there’s a wonderful bike corral over at Powell’s, of course!

  14. John Keel May 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Oh, I forgot to mention that this is my wife’s FAVORITE movie so we would love to see the play. We hear it’s fantastic. Oh, and we could always grab the #20 bus up Burnside after getting off the #9 but it’s a nice walk.

  15. Christina May 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    I’m a student at PSU, so I park in one of their structures and walk to PCS. It’s kind of far away(ish), but that’s okay. It’s totally worth it.

  16. Franklin May 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    I go to Ai, so the parking lot in the building is for me when I drive. I carpool in most days so the streetcar seems like a great option.

  17. laura May 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    best parking is over on the north park blocks. go early to watch the bocce players. if you don’t find a space, circle 3 times and say the “Hail Asphalta” novena:
    “Hail Asphalta / Full of Grace / Help me find / a parking space”

    This works for PCS, but for some reason, it never seems to work for the Crystal Ballroom.

  18. Jodi May 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    I’ve never had to park there so I wouldn’t know. But I am picking up pointers from everyone else!

  19. Jane W. May 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    I would park in the Whole Foods Parking Garage purchase $10.00 of items for the validated parking and enjoy the show! :-D Last time I went though I took a taxi home and a bus #77 there.

  20. Jill May 28, 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    Shock! Horror! We’ve never been to PCS. I imagine we’ll go take the car and park anywhere, because we’ll make a day of it. Park, then spend the day exploring downtown by foot, seek out a fun place to eat, etc. We’re only 10 minutes away by car, but haven’t hung out down there in ages (in spite of having lived on St. Clair many years ago).

  21. Julie May 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    I’d walk, in my John Fluevog Pony Shoes.

  22. Ellen May 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Biking in over the Burnside bridge baby, parking at a friendly bike rack or sign post near you (that is, you, PCS)… ;)

  23. lindus May 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    i ride my bicycle, of course! i wear the kind of shoes that go on my feet. oh, the places you’ll go!

  24. Octavine Illustration May 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    i take trimet (#6) and walk the rest of the way in my beautiful mustard robert cleregie’s bought in nyc 10 years past.

  25. Lis May 28, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    I take my favorite #20 straight over the Burnside Bridge and hop off at the Powell’s stop! Easy peasy!

  26. Veronica May 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    I walk and wear my cutest theater-appropriate shoes.

    (By the way, the phrase in the second sentence should be “my curiosity was piqued.”)

  27. tLovePDX May 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    I never cease to find a convenient bike rack or pole to park my bike when I go to the Gerding.

  28. Jessica May 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Easiest way: have mom drive you.

  29. Xan Taylor May 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I Drive to Sunset Transit…take max…and hoof it from there wearing my trusty sandals!

  30. Beki May 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    Bus #4 downtown then walk to the streetcar. I’ll be wearing some comfy KEENS since I’ll be walking a lot. Don’t own a the pub/trans.

    Love the theater…….and PDX Pipeline!!!

  31. Emily May 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    I walk out my door and hop the street car. Since the walking distance is not that far I would probably wear heels that matched my outfit…..I don’t usually wear flats because I like the boost in my height.

  32. Theo May 28, 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    I walk/ride in MY ADIDAS (sambas).

  33. Megan May 29, 2009 at 12:37 am #

    Bike-ity-bike-bike! I ride in from PGE park, get onto 12th, and head on in from there…
    Maybe stop at Cha-Cha-Cha for pre-show dinner?
    Maybe swing into Powells and get lost for an hour (then I feel super cultured)?

  34. Carla May 29, 2009 at 1:10 am #

    Hi Julian-

    I’ll be taking the #12 Bus from the Hollywood District, then walking the rest of the way in my Naot Matai shoes of Jade Leather with Fern Suede trim. Want to take my 14 year-old niece who’s visiting from Texas to see Grey Gardens, but spent too much on quality walking shoes @ Imelda & Louie’s sale… would love to win tickets!!!


  35. free May 29, 2009 at 2:09 am #

    i ride my bike because i’m faster than buses, and i lock it up to anything smaller than 2 ft around.

  36. Shelby May 29, 2009 at 6:12 am #

    I walk in my new balance 450. Please please pick me!!

  37. kathleen May 29, 2009 at 7:36 am #

    park near PSU – walk the park blocks and street car it down catching pre-show nibbles and drinks along the way….cute, but comfy strappy sandals seem most appropriate.

  38. Emily May 29, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    I take the Max Blue line.

  39. Jazz May 29, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    I take the MAX downtown and then walk over! Much better than paying for parking. :)

  40. Nicole Ramsey May 29, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    I usually just hop the 15 and walk a bit if the weather is nice enough. Otherwise I use the power of The Secret to manifest parking spots across the street by the courthouse. It works everytime ;).

  41. HannahESmith May 29, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    14 to downtown, then walk or catch the street car, then walk some more. :)

  42. Barbara May 29, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    Bus, Max or Streetcar from anywhere to Downtown and walk the rest of the way. What you see… other people. A show before the show. Fun.

  43. stephanie May 29, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    my hubs and i ride our bikes every where these days. we just moved to portland and we’re just now getting acquainted with the city. so we love to explore in any way, walking, biking, max-ing…

  44. Eric Diamonds May 29, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    I will wade across the Pacific… I mean Willamette in my Chacos to ultimately find a parking spot for my ass in the Armory, preferably in front of the stage. Best parking spot ever. Of course I will remove my Hazmat suit first for y’alls safety.
    Diamonds out!

  45. monica May 29, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    There are always tons of spots on the North end of the pearl, over by Bridgeport brewery.

  46. Gary May 29, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    I usually take the MAX from Beaverton then walk over to the Armory from the Portland Library MAX stop; but when I do drive there always seems to be a place to park next to Blitz.

  47. Lauriel May 29, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    Streetcar, it always feels like being a kid at Disneyland again.

  48. Suzy May 29, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    I walk, in chacos, of course! Sometimes I ride my unicorn too.

  49. Anabel May 29, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    I walk, in my Born shoes. Occasionally I happen upon the moving sidewalk called the streetcar and hope on.

  50. lao-ocean-girl May 29, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    I walk and wear my summer Clark sandals.

  51. Miranda May 29, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Bus line #4, and then I walk my little feet up the hill!

  52. joan May 29, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    The streetcar or Adidas Sambas!

  53. Bobwan May 29, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    The best way by far is to get a room at the Mark Spencer hotel. Leave your car there and walk to the theatre.

  54. Shirley May 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    We usually drive in about an hour early and search for handicapped parking. Just in case I wear my dress up Danskos and plan to walk after dropping off my partner at the entrance. Whatever happens though, it’s always worth the trip.

  55. lmp May 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    Park in SW and hop on the street car.

  56. Trina May 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    Little Eddie is my idol! I wish she could see my revolutionary wardrobe. We would feed raccoons together. And take the #44 bus line together too.

  57. poweredbytofu May 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    The Max and walking!

  58. Wil May 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    I walk two blocks to the 20! So excited about this show!!

  59. Dave Pugh May 31, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    I will wear sneakers that are worthy of the costume of the day, mother darling!

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