Musical sets up shop at Second Stage
“Vanities,” the small-scale new tuner that bowed out of an announced Broadway run earlier this season, has found an Off Broadway home at Second Stage, where the show will open this summer.The commercial producers, led by a team that includes Sue Frost, remain attached to the project. In the Second Stage season, “Vanities” takes the place of “Mr. and Mrs. Fitch,” a new Douglas Carter Beane comedy, which was recently postponed due to a conflict in the sked of director Scott Ellis. “Vanities,” with book by Jack Heifner and music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum, will play Second Stage with the cast and creative team previously announced for the Rialto incarnation. Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Stiles and Anneliese van der Pol star in the three-actor musical, helmed by Judith Ivey and choreographed by Dan Knechtges. Plot, based on Heifner’s 1976 play, follows the friendship of three women from the 1960s through the late 1980s. The scuttling of the Broadway run of the show, which had been set to open at the Lyceum in February, was attributed by the commercial producers to the difficulty of sustaining a new Rialto tuner in a difficult economic environment. Team-up with Second Stage now allows the producers to share the risks of mounting the show with the nonprofit org and its guaranteed aud of subscribers. Production’s design team includes Anna Louizos (set), Joe Aulisi (costumes), Paul Miller (lights) and Tony Meola (sound). “Vanities” begins previews at Second Stage June 30 ahead of a July 16 opening.