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2006 Festival

Jack Heifner

Music Director
Carmel Dean

Megan Hilty, Katie Klaus, Leslie Kritzer and Sarah Stiles

Contact for Rights

David Kirshenbaum (212)315-0830

Number of Acts: 1
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Total Cast Size: 3
Orchestra Breakdown:

7-8 Musicians

Genre & Style:

Search Set & Costume Registry


Chronicling the comic journey of three vivacious Texas teens from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to housewives, liberated women and beyond, this tangy tale of coming-of-age in the ’60s and ’70s is a musical voyage racing through an era that had to be lived to be believed. With a tunefully evocative score by David Kirshenbaum (The Summer of ’42: NAMT Festival 1999, Party Come Here: NAMT Festival 2005) and Jack Heifner’s hilarious adaptation of his long-running off-Broadway smash, Vanities – A New Musical offers a snapshot-sharp portrait of the lives, loves, disappointments, and dreams of best friends caught up in times that are a-changin’.

Development History

After an initial one-week workshop in fall 2005, TheatreWorks (CA) committed to a full production of Vanities – A New Musical. This world premiere served as the first show of their current season, in June-July 2006.

Festival Successes

World Premiere at TheatreWorks (CA) in 2006, productions at Pasadena Playhouse (CA) in 2008, Off Broadway at Second Stage (NY) in 2009 and The 5th Avenue Theatre (WA)/A.C.T. in 2010. European Premiere at London’s Trafalgar Studios 2 in September 2016.