Watch Grey Gardens on the big screen, for a good cause!

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To mark the Toronto premiere of the stage musical adaptation of Grey Gardens and the 40th anniversary of the original Maysles Brothers documentary that inspired it, Acting Up Stage is proud to partner with TIFF for a screening of this classic film followed by a discussion.

Space is limited. Tickets are $13 with all proceeds directly supporting TIFF’s Reel Comfort Programme, that brings film screenings, facilitated discussions, and film-craft workshops to inpatient psychiatry units at several Toronto hospitals and community organizations with a focus on mental health.

Buy tickets online or call the TIFF box office at 416-599-TIFF now!

Sunday, February 7 at 1:30pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square, 350 King Street West
Cinema 4, 3rd floor

 

Watch the original trailer below!

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Meet the Beales!

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The Toronto premiere of Grey Gardens is fast approaching and one question remains – what are you going to wear? Let Little Edie give you a little fashion advice…

Watch the promo video below to hear Lisa Horner sing “The Revolutionary Costume for Today” from Act 2 of Grey Gardens, a song featuring lines ripped directly from the 1976 documentary this musical is based on. After you watch the music video (also featuring Nicola Lipman as Big Edie, and special guest star Catsby), watch the documentary clip below to spot the similarities! 

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The Return of the “Serious Musical”?

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With less than 10 days to go until the big holidays, Christmas came early for two of my favourite musicals this week.

As avid blog readers will know, Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori (who was the composer on Caroline, or Change) is one of my favourite new musicals to come along in a very long time. On Sunday, the producers announced that it has recouped its $5.25 million investment in just eight months. For those of you who don’t speak Broadway, the show raised $5.25 million dollars from investors in order to pay for all of its pre-production costs and to help subsidize the early parts of the run until weekly sales were covering weekly operating expenses. When a show recoups, the investors have all been paid back their investment and they will start to profit from further net revenues. Given that only 21% of musicals recoup, this is always celebratory. But it’s perhaps even more exciting when the recouped musical is one about a lesbian cartoonist whose gay father (who ran a funeral parlour) killed himself. This is not the sort of material that typical tourist audiences are attracted to (i.e. there are no Abba songs nor tap dancing). In fact, when it was announced that Fun Home would transfer to Broadway, the producers were constantly called “insane” and “crazy”. But the musical walked away with the Tony Award for “Best Musical” and has consistently sold well week after week. More


One Song Glory is this weekend!

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After four weeks of singing, dancing, training, and mentorship – 45 teenagers from across Ontario are ready to take the stage in the 2015 One Song Glory showcase! It’s taking place on Sunday, November 29 at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Toronto Centre for the Arts  (5040 Yonge Street). Tickets are still available here.

Here’s a sampling of the songs you’ll hear at Sunday’s show. See you there, and congrats to all of the talented 2015 One Song Glory participants! More


Memorable quotes from Grey Gardens

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If you haven’t heard of or seen the film, get ready to become as obsessed with Grey Gardens as we are.  The documentary, released in the U.S. on February 19, 1976 (40 years to the day of the first preview of our production), shocked the world by introducing it to two legendary women, Little Edie and Big Edie Beale. They’re now iconic for their eccentric lifestyle, fashion sense, and some really crazy quotes. Here are a few of the best from the real-life Edies – some of these even inspired songs in the musical!  More