Vanities: The Musical

by  Jack Heifner, David Kirshenbaum

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f

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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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, National Alliance of Musical Theatre-Festival Musicals
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s, 1970s, 1960s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Setting Your Sights
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I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing
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An Organized Life
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I Can't Imagine
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Setting Your Sights (City Limits)
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An Organized Life (1968)
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Fly Into the Future
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Cute Boys with Short Haircuts
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Let Life Happen
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The Same Old Music
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An Organized Life (1974)
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The Argument
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Friendship Isn't What it Used to Be
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Looking Good
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Casting

3f
MARY
JOANNE
KATHY
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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4 Piano/Conductor Scores

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Authors

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 i ...

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David Kirshenbaum

David Kirshenbaum has written the music and lyrics for Vani ...

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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.

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