The Vanity, a Dorian Gray-inspired musical with book, music and lyrics by Peter Covino, is set to play The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row September 9-25. The show is billed as a “highly stylized, darkly humorous, period melodrama” that blends The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sunset Boulevard and Valley of the Dolls.
The Vanity will be directed and co-choreographed by Rachel Klein; the creative team also includes music director Luke Williams, co-choreographer Danielle Marie Fusco and assistant director Adam Chisnall.
Set in 1947, the story follows Julian Gray, a privileged and sheltered plantation heir who moves to Hollywood and is cast to star in a major film. There, he falls in love with a makeup artist on set.
“All hell breaks loose, when Julian inherits a mysterious Victorian vanity table from a distant, unknown relative and the vanity is possessed by a powerful demon,” read production notes. “Julian is offered the chance to maintain his infamous good looks indefinitely, as long as he agrees to forsake love in favor of hedonistic pleasure. Mr. Gray is faced with an impossible choice, and is tempted in all directions by an array of technicolor characters.”
For more information and to purchase tickets visit TheatreRow.org, or call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or
(800) 432-7250. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, New York.