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This article is about the original stage production. For the 1981 HBO program, see Vanities (TV program). For the 2009 Original Off-Broadway Musical, see Vanities, A New Musical.
Written by Jack Heifner
Characters Joanne
Date premiered January 15, 1976 (1976-01-15)
Place premiered Playwrights Horizons
New York City
Original language English
IOBDB profile

Vanities is a comedy-drama stage production written by Jack Heifner. The story centers on the lives and friendship of three Texas cheerleaders starting from high school.

Production history

Vanities had one of the longest Off-Broadway runs on record. The comedy opened at Playwrights Horizons, New York City on January 15, 1976, for 13 performances, and then transferred to the Chelsea Theatre Center (now the Westside Theatre) where it opened on March 22, 1976 and closed August 3, 1980, running for 1,785 performances. The cast included Kathy Bates as Joanne, Jane Galloway as Kathy and Susan Merson as Mary.[1][2] Heifner received a 1976 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding New Play. Other productions were performed in local colleges and theatres for a short time.[3]

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External links

  • Official site, Vanities the Musical
  • Internet off-Broadway Database
  • "'Vanities' Heads To Broadway In Fall '08 Starring Kennedy" article.
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, article and interview

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