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Vanities @ The York

Jade Jones, Amy Keum, and Hayley Podschun star as three friends pushing the boundaries of their lives in a revised Vanities – The Musical directed by Will Pomerantz at The York.

March 31, 2023: The York Theatre is presenting a lovely and evocative staging of the new and revised version of Vanities – The Musical, which opened at the Theatre at St. Jean’s under Will Pomerantz’s confident guidance. The marvelous cast bringing the musical to life are Jade Jones, Amy Keum, and Hayley Podschun as Mary, Kathy, and Joanne, respectively, three friends pushing the boundaries of their lives.

Olivia Kaufmann, Hayley Podschun, Will Pomerantz, Jade Jones, Amy Keum

Jade Jones, Amy Keum, and Hayley Podschun star as three friends pushing the boundaries of their lives in a revised Vanities – The Musical directed by Will Pomerantz at The York.

March 31, 2023:  The York Theatre is presenting a lovely and evocative staging of the new and revised version of Vanities – The Musical, which opened at the Theatre at St. Jean’s under Will Pomerantz’s confident guidance. The marvelous cast bringing the musical to life are Jade Jones, Amy Keum, and Hayley Podschun as Mary, Kathy, and Joanne, respectively, three friends pushing the boundaries of their lives.

The story is a heartfelt and humorous chronicle tracing them from their late teen years through adulthood. They grow and change, testing the limits of what they thought they knew about themselves, as well as the narrow views of women society has presented them.

Jack Heifner’s book for the musical is based on his hugely successful play of the same name and the action takes us through four decades in these women’s lives from 1963 to 1990—starting as vivacious small-town cheerleaders and best friends in high school, then sorority sisters in college, and, finally, women with separate and very different lives.

Riki Kane Larimer, Director Will Pomerantz & Marilyn Maye.

Featuring an infectious and melodic score by David Kirshenbaum, which playfully echoes the genres of music from the decades covered by the play, Vanities—The Musical is a chamber musical that celebrates the power of women and their unique bonds of friendship.

Music direction is by Deborah Abramson, and the choreography is by Shannon Lewis. The remaining creative team includes scenic design by James Morgan, costume design by Barbara Erin Delo, lighting design by Mike Billings, and sound design by Julian Evans.

“It’s almost a decade and a half since Vanities—The Musical was seen in New York, and what better place than The York to present a newly envisioned revival of this terrific show?” said Riki Kane Larimer, Associate Producer.

“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,” adds James Morgan. “Hats off to Riki for making it possible to bring Vanities and Will Pomerantz to our stage.”

Producing Artistic Director /Scenic Designer James Morgan & Executive Director Bay Street Theater Tracy Mitchell.

The authors noted “We’re thrilled that our musical will be getting its second major New York production, incorporating all the rewrites and additions we made to the piece after its initial run, and under the auspices of this exciting new creative team.”

Following the 2009 NYC premiere at Second Stage, Heifner and Kirshenbaum substantially revised the show for a production in Seattle. Recently, that version was a hit in its London premiere at Trafalgar Studios where the Daily Express wrote “perfectly formed, it is some enchanting evening,” and Time Out London called it “hard to resist.”

Vanities—The Musical will play at the Theater at St Jean’s, 150 East 76th Street for a limited run through April 22, 2023. Performance schedule: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

York Member Early Access tickets for Vanities—The Musical are now available. Tickets to the General Public are now on sale and are priced at $64 – $99. York Members receive Priority Seating and Discounted Tickets. Tickets may be purchased by visiting Ovation tickets at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1150224or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820, Tuesday – Friday 12:00PM – 5:00PM, or via email at boxoffice@yorktheatre.org.

Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours. Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student Rush tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $30 tickets (plus $4 convenience fee) for guests aged 35 years and under.

COVID NOTE: For the safety of all, COVID policies established by the CDC and WHO will be strictly enforced. Masks must be worn. Full COVID policies can be found on the York Theatre Company website.

Opening Night Photography: Barry Gordin

Nancy Ford, Gretchen Cryer, Hayley Podschun, Marilyn Maye, Olivia Kaufmann,Amy Keum, Jade Jones, Riki Kane Larimer & Lorna Dallas.
Hayley Podschun, Amy Keum & Jade Jones
Douglas Denoff, Associate Producer Riki Kane Larimer & Marilyn Maye.
Ken Waissman, Randie Levine Miller
Artistic Director Bay Street Theater
Scott Schwartz
Patrick Christiano & Director Will Pomerantz.
Tracy Mitchell & Elisa Loti Stein
Elisa Stein, Ken Waissman, Randie Levine Miller & Will Pomerantz.
Amy Keum, Jade Jones, & Hayley Podschun.
Jade Jones
Shannon Lewis, Will Pomerantz, David Kirshenbaum, Deborah Abramson & Jack Heifner.
Hayley Podschun, Marilyn Maye, Riki Kane Larimer & Lorna Dallas.