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Respect: the Musical Sistas the Musical

Emily imagesPriceFrom "Someone to Watch Over Me" to "I Will Survive." It's the journey of women, told through Top-40 music in the new musical production RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women. From the codependence of "I Will Follow Him" to the anger of "These Boots are Made for Walking," to the cynicism of "What's Love Got to Do with It," and finally to the strength of "Hero." Combining excerpts of 60 songs with women's own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more, this show is "exhilarating!" It's more than just a story worth telling, it's a must-see and must-hear.

For more than the first half of the last century, the voice of women in Top-40 popular music has been one of neediness and dependency. By the end of the century, things were quite different. Popular music had come far enough so that women looked for the hero within themselves, were urged to get on their feet and make it happen. Messages encompassed "I am woman-hear me roar," to "I will survive" and encouraged women to find their own dreams.

Dancers - RespectVanderbilt professor Dr. Dorothy Marcic created the show based on her book, RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, in which she analyzed all Top-40 female song lyrics since 1900.

Recent feedback from audience members includes: "Your show is one of the best things I have ever seen, period." -Shawn Johnson, Kansas City. "This was one of the most inspiring performances I have attended in my life." -Vladimir Brajkovic, Melbourne, Australia; "It was the musical history of MY life," Sheri Bewitt, Orlando.

Join us for the journey of women from codependence to independence--from "Someone to Watch Over Me" to "I Will Survive." See the progress of women from property of their husbands to presidents of countries in the 20th century--hear it through a dramatic musical presentation.

Rave Reviews!

"This popular show has been seen and revered in over a dozen U.S. cities and in Australia, South Africa, England, Holland and Israel. [Marcic's] clever use of pertinent and hilarious film clips, historically chronicling the experiences of famous ladies and well-known couples, was a crowd-pleasing stroke of genius!"

"This show is one of the best things I have ever seen, period!"



SistasAfter a matriarch's death, the women in the family clean Grandma's attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s."

Playwright Dorothy Marcic declares the significance of African-American women's "her story" through music in her spirited new off-Broadway production, "Sistas the Musical." Marcic's "Sistas" find solace and honesty in a musical journey from Ma Rainey to Beyonce that helps them explore painful experiences and find the strength to press on as a family of empowered women. With songs like "I Will Survive," "Greatest Love of All," and "Single Ladies," the musical tells the story of a family's search for unity and love and expresses appreciation for female trailblazers we often take for granted.

Sistas: the Musical, the story of African-American women through Top-40 music, is produced by 3-time Tony winner Hinton Battle, written by Dorothy Marcic, and directed by Kenneth Ferrone.

Two thumbs up from the audience!

Sistas"Saw the show last night - one word BRILLIANT! It was a refreshing perspective on our journey. Take your daughters to see this show...especially teenagers. Highy recommended and very affordable."

"Thank you for an AMAZING show ladies! What a powerhouse of talent and what a great show...wishing you all the best for a fantastic run and sending you all good vibes that it will have a life after the MITF! Brava!!!"

"What a treat! This play deserves to be sold out every night! Grab some friends and go on this journey of "sistas" won't regret it!"

"I had a WONDERFUL time, GREAT performance, extremely TALENTED ladies!!!!"

"You ladies were great!!! This was one of the best musicals I have ever seen. It made me laugh, it made cry, it made me sad and then it made me happy! I hope I will have the opportunity to see the show again...come back!"

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While Respect and Sistas are Dorothy's best-known works, she has written and produced other plays and musicals that have been produced off-Broadway. "Terms of Dismemberment" features a desperate mother who must choose between rummaging through garbage cans or selling her daughter's eggs --- and then a kidney, etc. It's a dark comedy about the cost of love.

"Love is a Many Splintered Thing" is all about love and relationships, looked at through nostalgic Top-40 hit love songs of the 60s,70s, 80s, & 90s. More Information.