"Fly Into the Future": Reworked Musical Vanities Opens in Seattle Feb. 10

News   "Fly Into the Future": Reworked Musical Vanities Opens in Seattle Feb. 10
A revised version of the Off-Broadway musical Vanities, based on the popular Jack Heifner play about the lifelong friendship between three women, opens Feb. 10 at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre.

A.C.T. and the 5th Avenue Theatre co-present the Seattle run, which began Feb. 4 for a run through May 1. 5th Avenue executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong stages the production.

Composer-lyricist David Kirshenbaum and playwright Heifner have been in residence during the Seattle rehearsal period to rework the musical, which was seen Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in 2009. 

"I wrote Vanities in my 20s and I never thought I would spend my life working on one play. It is such a gift! I’m very grateful," Kirshenbaum said in a statement. "There is so much more to explore, so much more about the people I didn’t know, more about myself I didn’t know. The play is still speaking to me. It has been such a blessing. I’m really looking forward to this next version!"

The cast features Seattle-based actresses Cayman Ilika as Kathy, Jennifer Sue Johnson as Joanne and Billie Wildrick as Mary. Abby Duke Pollard understudies all three roles.

Ian Eisendrath serves as musical director. The creative team also includes set designer Matthew Smucker, costume designer Catherine Hunt, lighting designer Tom Sturge and sound designer Ken Travis. According to producers, "Vanities: A New Musical is a funny, sexy and poignant look at the journey of three All-American girls as they mature from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to independent women."

A Sh-K-Boom Records cast album preserves the Off-Broadway production.

Tickets are available by phoning (206) 292-7676 or by visiting ACT. ACT is located at 700 Union Street in Seattle, WA.

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