While the autumn promises the West End bows for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest School of Rock, direct from Broadway as well as the belated U.K premiere for Dreamgirls, there are smaller-scale outings for a whole slew of off-Broadway musicals between now and January, including The Adding Machine, Murder Ballad, Lazarus and Death Takes a Holiday (respectively at the Finborough, Arts Theatre, King’... Read more
Vanities The Musical, The Trafalgar Studio Two
Vanities is the 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. Vanities explores how these women’s warped view of the world shaped them, for better and worse, through a rich original score that blends girl group harmonies of the 60s and 70s with a contemporary musical theatre score.
Directed and choreographed by Racky Plews (Footloose, American Idiot), with a book by Jack Heifner and music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum, Vanities makes its London debut in time for the 10th anniversary of the musical and 40th anniversary of the play on which it is based. 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?