Pasadena Playhouse Will Host Broadway-Bound Vanities Musical in 2008

News   Pasadena Playhouse Will Host Broadway-Bound Vanities Musical in 2008
Vanities, the new musical by composer-lyricist David Kirshenbaum and Jack Heifner, based on his hit Off-Broadway play, will get a pre-Broadway tryout at the Pasadena Playhouse in summer 2008.

As previously reported, Junkyard Dog Productions and Bartner/Jenkins are lead-producing the three-actress musical about Texas cheerleaders who come of age in the '60s and evolve into the 1970s. Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey will direct. No casting has been announced.

Kirshenbaum is known for the musicals Summer of '42 and Party Come Here.

A fall 2008 Broadway opening is planned after the Pasadena run. California performances will play Aug. 22-Sept. 28, 2008 with the official opening on Aug. 29, 2008. Dates and venue for Broadway will be announced in 2008.

The musical is based on the smash hit 1976 comedy (also called Vanities) that ran for 1,785 performances Off-Broadway. According to the Pasadena Playhouse, the show "chronicles the comic journey of three bubbly Texas teens from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to housewives, liberated women and beyond. This coming-of-age tale set in the '60s and '70s is a musical scrapbook of an era that had to be lived to be believed. Vanities offers a snapshot-sharp portrait of the lives, loves, disappointments, and dreams of best friends caught up in rapidly changing times."

Vanities, the musical, was originally produced at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto in the summer of 2006 and showcased at the 2006 National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals.

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