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Grey Gardens: Original Broadway Cast Recording [Cast Recording]

Scott Frankel , Lawrence Yurman , Grey Gardens Pit Orchestra , Erin Davie , Bob Stillman , Christine Ebersole , John McMartin , Mary Louise Wilson , Matt Cavenaugh , Michael Potts Audio CD
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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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listen  1. The Girl Who Has EverythingMary Louise Wilson & Christine Ebersole 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Five-FifteenMichael Potts, Christine Ebersole, Sarah Hyland, Kelsey Fowler & Bob Stillman 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mother DarlingErin Davie, Christine Ebersole, Bob Stillman & Matt Cavenaugh 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Goin' PlacesMatt Cavenaugh and Erin Davie 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Marry WellJohn McMartin, Erin Davie, Sarah Hyland, Kelsey Fowler & Michael Potts 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Hominy GritsBob Stillman, Christine Ebersole, John Mc Martin, Michael Potts, Sarah Hyland & Kelsey Fowler 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Peas in a PodErin Davie, Christine Ebersole & Bob Stillman 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Drift AwayBob Stillman & Christine Ebersole 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Five-Fifteen (Reprise)Christine Ebersole 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Daddy's GirlErin Davie and Matt Cavenaugh 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The TelegramChristine Ebersole & Grey Gardens Company 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Will You?Christine Ebersole 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Revolutionary Costume for TodayChristine Ebersole 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Cake I HadMary Louise Wilson & Christine Ebersole 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Entering Grey GardensGrey Gardens Company 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The House We Live InChristine Ebersole & Grey Gardens Company 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Jerry Likes My CornMary Louise Wilson, Christine Ebersole & Matt Cavenaugh 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Around the WorldChristine Ebersole & Mary Louise Wilson 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Choose to Be HappyJohn McMartin & Grey Gardens Company 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Around the World (Reprise)Christine Ebersole0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Another Winter in a Summer TownChristine Ebersole & Mary Louise Wilson 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Girl Who Has Everything (Reprise)Mary Louise Wilson & Christine Ebersole 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • ASIN: B000G75A9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Based on the Maysles brothers' cult 1975 documentary of the same name, this musical is an endearing—-and sometimes genuinely heartwrenching—-oddity propelled by Christine Ebersole's exceptional, for-the-history-books performance. The movie followed the kooky duo of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie Beale, as they lived with their 52 cats in a derelict East Hampton mansion. The show's first act, set in 1941, is a prologue of sorts, while the second act, set in 1973, follows the movie closely. Ebersole plays Edith in Act I (which she concludes in dazzling manner with "Will You?") and Little Edie in Act II (when Mary Louise Wilson comes in to play the mother). And while Wilson is superb, this is Ebersole's show. Technically, she is flawless—-just listen to the way she changes her voice between the acts—-but she also makes Little Edie a poignant eccentric, a lost soul stuck in a world of deluded, decaying grandeur. It all peaks in the poignant "Around the World," the show's best song and an Ebersole tour de force. Note that this recording documents the Off-Broadway production; the show transferred to Broadway in the fall of 2006 with a slightly altered first act. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Product Description

Grey Gardens-proclaimed the #1 Show of the Year by Time magazine is preserved here in its Original Broadway Cast Recording. The show had been previously recorded following its off-Broadway premiere in the spring of 2006, but this new recording features the new songs and new cast members that were added for its Tony Award-winning Broadway transfer. Grey Gardens opened on Broadway on November 2, 2006, to rave reviews, led by Ben Brantley in The New York Times, who called it an experience no passionate theatergoer should miss! Starring Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole and Tony Award nominee Mary Louise Wilson, it subsequently appeared on over 25 Best of 2006 lists, including #1 Show of the Year (Time), Best Musical of the Year (USA Today, Entertainment Weekly) and Performance of the Year (The New York Times, New York) for Ms. Ebersole. In addition to the new songs and new performances, this Original Broadway Cast Recording also features an all-new 32-page full-color booklet complete with lyrics and Broadway production photos.

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I was debating between 4 and 5 stars for this recording of the new musical "Grey Gardens," and finally settled on 5. Not because the score has completely blown me away (though it's consistently enjoyable and of pretty high quality, which will probably only grow on me even more), but because as an album-- a cast recording-- this is a really satisfying experience.

I tend to judge cast recordings not just on the music, but on the level of craftsmanship and performance-- the acting, the orchestra, the snippets of dialogue included to give us a sense of the story, the mood, cohesiveness, etc. In other words, I prefer to come away with a feeling other than "those were some good songs." Like many collectors, I don't get to see every show for which I buy the recording, so my general philosophy is "the more the better." Keeping that in mind, this recording of "Grey Gardens" was obviously put together with great care, and all the little details add up to a great cast recording.

Plus, what an intriguing basis for a musical! Based on a true story, and expanded from the documentary of the same name, this is the story of Edie and Edith Bouvier, the cousin and aunt of Jackie Kennedy, who lived out their lives in a dilapidated mansion (the "Grey Gardens" of the title), misspending their wealth and social status to live in seclusion with "52 stray cats." It's a stranger than fiction story that is by turns funny, tragic, and touching. It's unique, smartly constructed (I like the way the general normality of Act I teases us with hints of the mother-daughter dysfunction and outright strangeness of Act II), and at 78 minutes, the recording is very full in a way that seems to be lacking of late.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best new musical of the year November 9, 2006
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GREY GARDENS is fast becoming the "cast album dujour" title for 2006, and features Christine Ebersole in what may be the greatest performance of her career. Based on the cult favourite documentary "Grey Gardens" by the Maysles brothers; and featuring a score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie. The book is provided by Doug Wright ("I Am My Own Wife").

The story of Edith "Big Edie" Bouvier Beale, and her daughter "Little Edie" is by now very well-known, thanks to the documentary. They became unfortunate figures of ridicule for some, but most were captivated by their bittersweet tale. The theme of bittersweet, and lives half-lived, permeates through the musical GREY GARDENS. Quite simply, it's the best new musical I've come across in a long, long time.

The show opens in 1941, with Big Edie (played by Christine Ebersole) hosting a party at her elegant East Hampton estate Grey Gardens, where her daughter Little Edie (Sara Gettelfinger) hopes to announce her impending engagement to Joe Kennedy Jr., (Matt Cavenaugh). When her dreams are dashed, Little Edie sadly - and somewhat unknowingly - resigns herself to a life of spinsterhood at Grey Gardens... Their demented relationship is sealed by Big Edie's "Will You?".

In Act Two, the elegant mansion is transformed into a delapidated wreck circa 1973. Big Edie (now played by Mary Louise Wilson) is a bedridden, somewhat senile recluse, cared for by Little Edie (now played by Christine Ebersole) who has grown embittered by resentment and regret.

The overreaching theme of the piece is captured in "Around the World", in which Little Edie imagines finally walking away from her mother's shadow. Ebersole's 11 o'clock number "Another Winter in a Summer Town" is also heartbreaking.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grey Gardens is Magnificent October 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Grey Gardens is a gorgeous, haunting show. The creators have worked feverishly to revamp the show for Broadway. The changes are quite extensive, as anyone familiar with the Playwrights Horizons version can attest. For example, the song list in the current version is considerably different from that on the CD, particularly in Act 1. The following songs are no longer in the show, at least when I saw it in October:

ACT 1

"Toyland"

"Body Beautiful Beale"

"Better Fall Out of Love"

"Being Bouvier"

"Mrs. Porter's Anthem"

"Tomorrow's Woman"

ACT 2

"Peas in a Pod" (reprise)

And the following songs have been added:

ACT 1

"The Girl Who Has Everything"

"Goin' Places"

"Marry Well"

All improvements, from where I sit. They've clarified the relationships and focused the dramatic tension by cutting out some extraneous numbers and recasting others in a more effective light. I doubt they'll release a new CD, but I do hope that they at least record the new numbers and release them on iTunes.

Act one is a very interesting and entertaining mix of old-fashioned musical comedy and modern-day drama. The story itself has a very modern feel, but the story-telling is like that of a Gershwin twenties show. It makes for a compelling and moving amalgam of sensibilities. There's something deliberately unsettled about the first act, as though it was designed to set you up for the emotional punch of the second act, which is exactly what it does: establish empathy for the characters to make the denouement all the more devastating.

The luminous Christine Ebersole is brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love the music
I play these songs when I'm in a certain mood. My best friend and I have a few faves that remind us of our relationship.
Published 1 month ago by Bon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I never did get to see a production of the show but the soundtrack is absolutely brilliant. It's amazing that such a bizarre documentary could be adapted--apparently quite... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Captain Critical
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical theatre at it's best!
If you love Broadway musicals and want to hear a "tour de force" performance, buy this disc! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I ordered.
This is exactly what I was hoping for. It has all of the songs I was hoping to listen to.
Published 7 months ago by Richard J Wykoski
2.0 out of 5 stars rather dull!
I was disappointed in this, although the performances are wonderful. Christine Ebersole is super! I recommend watching the original documentary or the made-for-tv movie with Drew... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Grey Gardens - Remarkable
This is an excellent recording of a remarkable show. The cast is wonderful and the extra booklet with words, storyline and interview with the creators is well worth the money. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Lori M
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully entertaining
Not having had the opportunity or pleasure of seeing the Broadway show, I find the songs from it a delight and haven't enjoyed listening to anything else any more than I enjoy... Read more
Published on June 1, 2009 by Keith C. Bullins
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong artwork used to illustrate this item
I just want to flag up that if you order this CD you do NOT get the one illustrated but the original off-Broadway version. Read more
Published on May 20, 2009 by David Morley
5.0 out of 5 stars Grey Gardens
I am familiar with the Maysles' Brothers' original documentary Grey Gardens. I saw a documentary on the making of the musical Grey Gardens, and realized I had missed the show on... Read more
Published on February 19, 2009 by B. Holland
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I bought this with the recommendation of a friend, but I was totally bored with the whole thing. Bought the script, the book and the music. Boring!
Published on January 31, 2009 by S. Ryan
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Grey gardens- which version?
I recently purchased this disc through Amazon but received the Off-Broadway version rather than the Broadway version which is apparently being offered by Amazon. It would appear that anybody purchasing this CD through Amazon might end up getting either version at random.
Sep 13, 2007 by Joel I. Dennis |  See all 11 posts
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