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My Ahmanson evening with Rachel York and Betty Buckley in “Grey Gardens’ – plus Angela Lansbury!

If you don’t have your tickets yet to see Betty Buckley and Rachel York in Grey Gardens order them now.

You will have the chance to see two of the most talented actresses in musical theater sink their teeth into some juicy roles and take us along with them.

The show about Edith “Big Edie” Ewing Bouvier Beale Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale is something I;m very familiar with from a 1975 documentary and a more recent movie starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore.

I love the story and the stars of this production make the eccentric characters their own.

York actually has two roles on the production as she plays Edith in Act 1 and Little Edie Beale (32 years later) in Act II. Buckley is, of course, Big Edie in Act 1 which is the part we are most familiar with from the documentary.

They are so, so good. I’m a huge fan of Miss Buckley as anyone who read this blog knows. Although I’ve met her once and did a red carpet interview, I’d never seen her perform live.

She is a national treasure and theater icon.

Speaking of icons and treasures, Angela Lansbury was in the audience last night about a dozen rows in front of us. I managed to snap a photo of her from my seat as she walked in looking dazzling at the age of 90.

The lights went down and we heard her pre-taped, turn-off-your-cellphone announcement. Then, in a magic moment, Miss Lansbury rose from her seat and the audience shot to its feet. The reaction was so prolonged that the five-time Tony winner stood up a second time.

And the show hadn’t even begun!

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