‘Vanities’ headed to Rialto

Judith Ivey will direct musical

A tuner incarnation of Off Broadway hit “Vanities” is aiming for a Rialto berth in fall 2008.

Show, based on the 1976 Broadway play by Jack Heifner, will be directed by thesp-helmer Judith Ivey.

Small-cast musical, with book by Heifner and music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum (“Party Come Here”), was first produced in summer 2006 at TheaterWorks in the Silicon Valley and then played a slot in Gotham’s National Alliance for Musical Theater fest.

Since then, the tuner had been tipped to be gearing up for Broadway. Junkyard Dog Prods. and Bartner/Jenkins produce.

Set in the 1960s and ’70s, “Vanities” follows the lives of three women who were best friends as high school cheerleaders in Texas. Play is a staple of regional, stock and amateur companies.

Ivey, who won two Tonys in the 1980s for her performances in “Steaming” and “Hurlyburly,” will make her Rialto debut as a helmer. Recent directing credits include Off Broadway productions “Southern Comforts” and “Fugue,” as well as a regional production of “Steel Magnolias.”

No theater or casting has yet been nailed down for “Vanities.”

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