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Vanities: The Musical - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Vanities: The Musical

Jack Heifner, David Kirshenbaum

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

3f

ISBN: 9780573700989

Book by Jack Heifner
Music and Lyrics by David Kirshenbaum

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A life-affirming journey through the turbulent ’60s to the late ’80s about how three friends face life’s defining moments. Based on the original play Vanities by Jack Heifner.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - 1990s, 1970s, 1960s

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Vanities: The Musical chronicles the life-affirming journey of three vivacious Texas teens from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to housewives, liberated women and beyond. This musical captures a snapshot-sharp portrait of the lives, loves, disappointments and dreams of these young women growing up during the turbulent ‘60s and ‘70s and reconnecting in the late 1980s. With a tunefully evocative score by David Kirshenbaum (Summer of '42) and Jack Heifner's hilarious adaptation of his long-running off-Broadway smash, Vanities: The Musical is a funny and poignant look at three best friends who discover that, through thirty years of rapidly changing times, the one thing they can rely on is each other.

"May well outshine the three-decade prominence of Jack Heifner's original!" -  Variety (Bob Verini)

“[Has] satirical teeth and poignancy in its observation of dreams turned sour and bonds broken.” – Variety (David Rooney)

“Irresistibly winning!” – L.A. Times

"An enjoyable new musical with an eclectic pop score!" - TheaterMania.com

“[A] three-way portrait of American womanhood… both satirical and uplifting.” – The Seattle Times

“Riffs on girl-group music of the early '60s and [pays] homage to some of the more mellow sounds of a decade later” – Associated Press

“[A] sympathetic, seriocomic portrait of cheerleaders who grow up and grow apart… Take your mother or grandmother! ” – NY1

Vanities: The Musical premiered Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater, under artistic director Carole Rothman, in association with Junkyard Dog Productions Inc., Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff, Jayson Raitt, Ambassador Theater Group, Dallas Summer Musicals, Remmel T. Dickinson/Linda and Bill Potter, and Sharon Rosen/the Raleigh Rally/ Davelle LLC, on July 16, 2009 in New York City. It was directed by Judith Ivey.
Characters

CASTING

3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

MARY
JOANNE
KATHY
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

4 Piano/Conductor Scores
Song Samples

Setting Your Sights

I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing

An Organized Life

I Can't Imagine

Setting Your Sights (City Limits)

An Organized Life (1968)

Fly Into the Future

Cute Boys with Short Haircuts

Let Life Happen

The Same Old Music

An Organized Life (1974)

The Argument

Friendship Isn't What it Used to Be

Looking Good

Author(s)
Jack Heifner

Jack Heifner

Jack Heifner is the author of over thirty plays and musicals produced in New York, Los Angeles, and theatres around the world. He is best known for the play version of Vanities, which ran for five years in New York, is published by Samuel French, and became one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. He is also the author of Patio/Porch, Boys' Play, Home Fires, Comfort and Joy, ... view full profile

David  Kirshenbaum

David Kirshenbaum

David Kirshenbaum has written the music and lyrics for Vanities, A New Musical (book by Jack Heifner) and Summer of '42 (book by Hunter Foster) off-Broadway, Party Come Here (book by Daniel Goldfarb) at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the holiday musical Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (book by Myles McDonnell).  Regional theatres that have produced his work include Goodspeed ... view full profile

Other David Kirshenbaum titles:

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Reviews
Carol Davis 7/7/2014 3:34 PM
I am a HUGE fan of the straight play Vanities (directed it over 20 years ago) and was a little disappointed with the lollipop ending given to the musical.  I thought one of the strongest aspects of the play was the closing lines.  More like life.

The music, however, is wonderful.

I am still considering applying for the rights in the future.

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