Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, who won Tony Awards for their work in Scott Frankel and Michael Korie's Grey Gardens, took in a performance of the writing team's newest musical, Far From Heaven, at Playwrights Horizons on Tuesday, May 14. Following the show, Ebersole and Wilson had the chance to congratulate star Kelli O'Hara and reunite with Frankel, director Michael Greif, and musical director Lawrence Yurman, backstage at the off-Broadway venue where Grey Gardens began.
Inspired by the motion picture written and directed by Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven tells the story of Cathy Whitaker (O'Hara), a suburban wife and mother in 1957 whose life begins to unravel as she discovers that her husband (Steven Pasquale) has been hiding a big secret, and that she herself may have feelings for her African-American gardener (Isaiah Johnson).
The company also includes Nancy Anderson, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Alma Cuervo, J.B. Adams, Mary Stout, Justin Scott Brown, James Moye, Sarah Jane Shanks, Tess Soltau, Marinda Anderson, Korey Jackson, Victor Wallace, Elainey Bass, Jake Lucas, and Julianna Rigoglioso.
Far From Heaven features scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin, and choreography by Alex Sanchez.