Tonight, we saw Grey Gardens. This was my fourth time to visit the mansion on Broadway. It is absolutely richer than ever. When Edie asks, "Who could ever bear to leave?" I always want to call out, "Not me!" It's no wonder that it has garnered ten Tony nominations, with its classic theatrical arc and story. Mary Louise Wilson is just absolutely wonderful and natural as Big Edie. I don't believe there is anybody sweeter or more endearing on stage right now. Christine Ebersole continues to amaze. The depth that she has found in the character of Little Edie is astonishing. Her comic timing is wonderfully entertaining, but when she takes me with her on Little Edie's painful journey, I cannot help but feel a deep well of emotion. I cannot imagine that these actresses will not win the Tonys they so deserve.
The stage door bonus was finally receiving Mary Louise's autograph. I took along my playbill of the 1974 revival of Gypsy. Mary Louise played Tessie Tura and was Angela Lansbury's understudy for Momma Rose. She did get to go on once or twice. When I asked her to sign the playbill, she said, "Oh Gypsy! I just saw my pal Angela today."
We had pre-show dinner at Pigalle (mmmm, foie gras and frites) where we saw Christopher Innvar who's currently playing "File" in 110 in the Shade, as well as half the cast of Spring Awakening having dinner with their musical director Kim Grigsby. After the show, I was entertained on the bus ride uptown by Gary Beach, who, by the way, is doing great.