Howard McGillin, the stage and screen star whose acting credits include, among many others, Gigi, The Phantom of the Opera and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, has joined the cast of Grey Gardens, presented this August at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.
Grey Gardens tells the story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. It is based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles. Set at the Bouvier mansion in East Hampton, this bold musical follows a mother and daughter on their hilarious and heartbreaking journey from glamorous aristocrats to notorious recluses in a crumbling house filled with memories and cats, according to Bay Street.
McGillin will play George Gould Strong, sharing the stage with previously announced cast members Betty Buckley and Rachel York. Buckley, a Tony Award winner, will play play Big Edie and York, a Drama Desk Award winner, will play Little Edie.
McGillin and Buckley will be reunited in this production. They previously starred together in the original, Tony Award winning production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway in 1985. Howard most recently starred opposite Vanessa Hudgens in the Broadway revival of Gigi, and is perhaps best known for his record-setting run on Broadway in the title role in The Phantom of the Opera.
The musical, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, will be staged from August 4–30. Michael Wilson directs. For more information, visit baystreet.org.