Saturday, August 30, 2008

Vanities at Pasadena Playhouse

For tickets click here.

Saw the show on Thursday night. I have always enjoyed the play - I very much remember the HBO version in the early 80s with Annette O'Toole and was even considering remounting a version of it last year before I heard they were doing a musical version of it.

From a development standpoint, since the play has been so successful and settled, the challenge is to see where (or if) you can insert musical numbers that do not interrupt the flow of the story. They are still feeling their way with this version but are definitely on the right track. By the end of this run, they will have a very good idea as to what works really well and what adjustments need to be made.

It is definitely worth seeing even at this stage of the process. The performances of the three ladies, Lauren Kennedy as Mary, Sarah Stiles as Joanne and Anneliese van der Pol as Kathy are all very good, especially Sarah Stiles in a very comedic turn.

I look forward to seeing how the show does in its next step and will be rooting for it to make it to Broadway!


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