Williamson Music Signs Publishing Deal For Grey Gardens
"Williamson Music has taken on music publishing representation of the score for the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical GREY GARDENS, featuring music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie.

""GREY GARDENS has one of the most thrilling and fascinating theatre scores I've heard in quite a while,"" says Williamson Music President Maxyne Lang. ""It gives you faith in the future of the musical, and will thrive alongside innovative works by other Williamson Music writers we represent, including Adam Guettel, Ricky Ian Gordon, Henry Krieger and John Bucchino.""

Based on the legendary 1975 documentary GREY GARDENS, the musical features a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright, joining the score by Frankel and Korie. Following a sold-out run at Playwrights Horizons in the Spring of 2006, GREY GARDENS opened at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway in November, where it is still running. Hailed by Time Magazine as ""the #1 show of the year,"" and by Entertainment Weekly and USA Today as ""Best Musical of the Year,"" GREY GARDENS was also cited on more than 25 ""Best of 2006"" lists.

PS Classics released the world premiere recording of GREY GARDENS last spring, featuring the Off-Broadway cast and based on the musical's original run at Playwrights Horizons. A Broadway cast recording, also from PS Classics, was recorded in mid-February and will be released later this spring. It will feature the Broadway cast and preserve the changes made for the Broadway production by the authors, including several new songs.

In a rave review for the score in the New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote, ""To listen to the original cast album of GREY GARDENS is to bring to mind two phrases seldom linked nowadays: 'Broadway musical' and 'artistic integrity.' The songs, with music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, sustain a level of refined language and psychological detail as elevated as Stephen Sondheim's. The score is a meticulously fashioned piece of musical theater that gains in depth the more you listen to it.""

The GREY GARDENS score recently won the ASCAP Foundation's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award for Frankel and Korie, and was also nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Working with the songwriters, Williamson Music and Hal Leonard Publishing will release a GREY GARDENS songbook later this year.

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