5th Avenue Theatre Hosts Chats With Next to Normal and Vanities Creators

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The creators of Next to Normal and Vanities discuss bringing new musicals to the stage as part of the 5th Avenue Theatre's free "Spotlight" series Jan. 10 in Seattle.

Vanities, the musical based on the Jack Heifner play of the same name, will get a fresh staging in Seattle Feb. 4-May 1 at A Contemporary Theatre (5th Avenue co-presents the run). Heifner and composer-lyricist David Kirshenbaum will speak with 5th Avenue artistic director David Armstrong at 7 PM in a discussion titled "From Hit Play to New Musical: A Creative Chat with Jack Heifner & David Kirshenbaum," which will trace the musical's development from Off-Broadway to the newly-revised Seattle bow. Later in the evening, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal book writer and lyricist Brian Yorkey will join Armstrong to discuss the hit musical about a woman coping with depression, grief and bipolar disorder. The national tour will arrive in Seattle Feb. 22-March 13 at the 5th Avenue. "Local Boy Makes Good!" will explore Next to Normal's West Coast roots. Yorkey, a Washington-state native, developed the show (under the title Feeling Electric) at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA.

The events are free, but reservations are required. Phone (206) 625-1900 or visit 5thAvenue.

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