This autumn, Lauren Samuels (Bend it Like Beckham, BBC’s Over the Rainbow, Grease), Ashleigh Gray (Wicked, Cool Rider) and Lizzy Connolly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Xanadu) star in the European debut of Vanities, a classic American story. This brand new production features never before seen material with all new direction and choreography from Racky Plews (Footloose, American Idiot). It runs at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 2 from 1 September to 1 October 2016, with a press night on 6 September.
Following acclaimed runs in Seattle, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles, Vanities makes its London debut for the 10th anniversary of the musical (book by Jack Heifner and music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum) and 40th anniversary of the play.
Vanities is a hilarious and heartfelt story about three best friends growing up in Dallas at a time when image and style were more important than brains and ambition. Through a rich original score that blends girl group harmonies of the 60s and 70s with contemporary musical theatre, Vanities explores how these women’s warped view of the world shaped them for better and worse.
It’s time to go back to 1963 and watch Mary, Kathy and Joanne obsess over their cheerleader routines, choose their sororities, plan their wedding outfits – because even though the President has been shot and America’s on the brink of a war, if the girls just stay popular and don’t lose their looks everything will be okay… right?
Jack Heifner (Book) and David Kirshenbaum (Music and Lyrics) commented:
“On the fortieth anniversary of the play Vanities, there’s no better gift than having the musical version of the play open in London. This isn’t just an American musical. It is a look into the lives of three girls who see nothing deeper than their reflection in the mirror. Given the wrong set of rules to live by, they find they are unprepared for the journey into a world that puts value on much more than just appearances. We’re thrilled that this show is finally being produced in London but moreover, that it’s happening with these producers, this creative team, and this cast.”