The cast and creative team for the York Theatre Company's Off-Broadway production of Vanities—The Musical have been announced. Presented in association with Riki Kane Larimer, the revised version of the musical will play a limited engagement at The Theatre at St. Jean's beginning March 21 (as opposed to the previously announced March 22) ahead of a March 30 opening night. The run will continue through April 22.
Starring in the show will be Jade Jones (Olney Theatre Center's Beauty and The Beast) in their New York stage debut as Mary, alongside Broadway alums Amy Keum (KPOP) as Kathy and Hayley Podschun (Hello, Dolly!) as Joanne. Olivia Kaufmann (Mean Girls) will serve as standby.
Featuring a book by Jack Heifner and music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum, Vanities—The Musical follows three women from 1963 to 1990 as they go from adolescence to adulthood. As they grow, Joanne, Kathy, and Mary push the boundaries of who they they thought they were and what society tells them about being women. It is based on the play by Jack Heifner, who also penned the book for the musical adaptation.
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Will Pomerantz will helm the production with music direction by Deborah Abramson, and choreography by Shannon Lewis. The creative team will also include scenic designer and York Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director James Morgan, costume designer Barbara Erin Delo, lighting designer Mike Billings. Joining the creative team is sound designer Julian Evans. Serving as production stage manager will be Sean F. Patrick. Casting is by Rachel Hoffman/The Telsey Office. General management and production management is by Aaron Simms.
"I’ve had my eye on Vanities for The York since it was announced as a musical, and we believe it resonates even more powerfully today, in these times when women’s rights are under attack,” said Morgan in a statement.
The work originally made its New York City premiere at Second Stage, and was subsequently revised by Heifner and Kirshenbaum for a staging by 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT in Seattle. The revised version made its London premiere at Trafalgar Studios.