Bryan Batt & More Tapped for Grey Gardens, Starring Betty Buckley

first_img Broadway vets Bryan Batt (Saturday Night Fever) and Josh Young (Amazing Grace) will join the previously reported Betty Buckley and Rachel York in Grey Gardens at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre. Directed by Michael Wilson, the production will play a limited engagement July 6 through August 14. Opening night is set for July 13. Next stop New York?!The cast will also include Peyton Ella, Sarah Hunt, Simon Jones, Katie Silverman, Davon Williams, Olivia Curry, Rogelio Douglas Jr., Steven Good, Melina Kalomas, Michelle London and Rebecca Spencer.Based on the cult 1975 documentary of the same name, Grey Gardens features a book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. The tuner concerns both the deliciously eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who were once among the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, but became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses, living in a dilapidated 28-room mansion. Set in two eras—in 1941 when the estate was in its prime and in 1973 when it was reduced to squalor—the musical tells the alternatively hilarious and heartbreaking story of two indomitable individuals, Edith Bouvier Beale (Buckley) and her adult daughter “Little” Edie (York). View Comments Bryan Batt(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

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Guatemala Bus Drivers Pay Extortion Money: Police

first_img Guatemalan bus drivers paid 1.5 million dollars in extortion money to organized crime rings in 2010, according to a police report out. Over the course of 2010 police arrested more than 500 criminals and charged them with trying to extort money from business owners and workers. Some of those charged were members of the notorious Mara 18 street gang, according to Donald Gonzalez, a spokesman with the national civil police. Public transport workers appear to be at particular risk. Human rights groups said that between January and November, 119 drivers and 51 transport aides were shot dead. About 100 small business owners were also killed by the gangs, which threaten to harm the businessmen or their workers if bribes are not paid. By Dialogo January 05, 2011last_img read more

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