Relive the Iconic Edie Beale at RTP on 5/7
Your chance to relive a bit of cabaret history is coming to town, as the Richmond Triangle Players present “Edie Beale Live at Reno Sweeney.”
This show will have a second, one night only performance on 10/19 – pick up tickets here!
Edie Beale, of 1940’s fashion and modeling fame, rose to real prominence in her role in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, which capped the surreal lives she and her mother “Big Edie” lived at their estate. Their documented financial hardship led to her pursuing a cabaret career, most notably at Reno Sweeny in Manhattan.
“Little Edie” has since evolved into a gay icon, and the prolific Jeffrey Johnson will be recreating Edie’s performance for one night only, May 7th at the Richmond Triangle Players. Philip Crosby, the Managing Director at RTP, said they’re working to keep the act as accurate as can be.
“Jeffrey developed the show with a man named Gerald Duval, who had originally guided Little Edie through her week of performances at the now-closed but celebrated Reno Sweeney nightclub,” said Crosby.
“Gerald helped shape the show with her in rehearsal, and then keep notes about what she said at each of the performances. Years later, when he brought the idea to Jeffrey, who he had seen perform in DC, and thought would be perfect to play Edie, it was a monologue… Albert Maysles, co-director of ‘Grey Gardens’ and its sequel said the show was extremely accurate.”
Jeffrey Johnson used to run Ganymede Arts, an LGBT theatre in D.C., and when production halted, Johnson and his creative abilities fortuitously fell into the laps of Crosby and the RTP.
“Jeffrey has been delightful to work with. He actually brought the project to us…Once Ganymede ceased operations, he was looking to book a couple of the cabaret acts he had been developing, e-mailed me, and I jumped at the chance to book ‘Edie Beale LIVE at Reno Sweeney.’ It’s a perfect (fit) for Richmond Triangle Players,” said Crosby.
Along with recreating Edie’s original performance, it’ll also pay homage to the famous Grey Gardens documentary, leaving Philip Crosby confident the show will be a hit.
“I am thrilled when Richmond Triangle Players can showcase performers from other parts of the country and bring performances that our audiences might not ever see otherwise. I think we have a duty to do that!,” Crosby said.
“I think tickets are going to sell very quickly to this one, so I wouldn’t wait to the last-minute. This is a one-of-a-kind performance and Richmond will have only one chance to see it!”
The show will be happening at the Richmond Triangle Players (1300 Altamont Avenue) at 8 p.m. on May 7th for $25. Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling their box office at 804-346-8113.
I’m a spring intern at RVA Mag and GayRVA. I recently got my degree in journalism from Virginia Tech, where I also wrote for the Collegiate Times newspaper. I spent the first half of my life as an impatient New Yorker, but I grew up here in Richmond, buying skateboards from Dominion, seeing shows at Alley Katz, and watching VCU Rams basketball games. I like everything bagels, wasting my money on clothes I don’t need, moombahton music, and cycling. I probably fell down putting on my pants this morning.
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