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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Grey Gardens: A Freaky Update

posted by on January 30 at 13:08 PM


This post will only be of interest to those familiar with the Maysles brothers’ cult-classic documentary Grey Gardens, so if you don’t know the difference between a Big Edie and a Little Edie and/or have never uttered the phrase “I think this is the best costume for today,” stop reading now.

Everyone else: You know how Grey Gardens was recently made into a Broadway musical? I saw it last month, and wrote about it on the Slog. Of course the character Jerry—the sweet, schlumpy townie who visits the Beales, AKA “the Marble Faun”—figures prominently in the musical, with Big Edie devoting a whole power ballad to him, entitled, “Jerry Likes My Corn.”

Okay. A friend of mine in NYC went to see the Grey Gardens musical last week. After the show, she grabbed a cab in front of the theater, and her driver was Jerry—the actual Jerry, who is now a cabbie in New York. Apparently he makes a habit of swinging by the theater during the post-show exodus, and is happy to talk about the show, the Beales, and his strange fame.

Most amazingly, as my source told me, “Jerry said that he didn’t like Big Edie’s corn at all. He asked her to call him when she was cooking (always in bed) because he was sure that she would burn the house down with her cans of sterno. And they weren’t powerful enough to cook anything anyway.”


Thank you, Jerry, and thank you, New York hot tippers.

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OH I love it! I can never get enough Grey Gardens tid-bits! I even enjoyed the DVD sequel with just extra left over footage. SO good.

Posted by Nick | January 30, 2007 1:15 PM

I saw the original for the first time last week.

I now know what Hell will be like.

Posted by Kate | January 30, 2007 1:20 PM

oh-my-fucking-god...that is the raddest thing i've heard all year.

Posted by dre | January 30, 2007 1:39 PM

The marble faun is moving in... He just gave us a washing machine. That cements the deal. I gotta get outta here! I'm not gonna spend the rest of my life washing clothes in that g******...

Posted by Little Edie | January 30, 2007 3:12 PM

But let's remember, the Marble Faun was a kid trying his hardest to act macho for a lady thirty years past menopause. I wouldn't put it past grown-up Jerry to brag about playing Smokey Bear when he secretly really liked sternoed corn.

Posted by annie | January 30, 2007 3:29 PM

SO FUCKING RAD! thanks, dave. i can never get enough of the grey gardens craziness.

Posted by kerri harrop | January 30, 2007 4:58 PM

I saw the musical last month in NYC. Mme. Ebersole is amazing, and I nearly died during the "dance with flags".

Pass the pate'.

Posted by Mark Mitchell | January 30, 2007 6:24 PM

I love those Edies.

Posted by Deacon Seattle | January 30, 2007 10:19 PM

Jerry didn't realize that he was dealing with some STAUNCH women. S-T-A-U-N-C-H, I tell ya.

Posted by David K. | January 30, 2007 10:45 PM

Staunch, yet not Czechoslovakian.

Posted by rodrigo | January 31, 2007 12:00 AM
Posted by fieaocvnys | February 8, 2007 9:57 AM

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