Plays & Musicals

RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women

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From Someone to Watch Over Me to I Will Survive, it’s the journey of women, told through Top-40 music in the 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 Walkin’ to the cynicism of What’s Love Got to Do with It, and finally to the strength of Hero, RESPECT combines 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.

RESPECT: The Musical

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 and were urged to get on their feet and make it happen. These messages encompassed I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar and I Will Survive, and encouraged women to find their own dreams.

Vanderbilt 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.

RESPECT: The Musical

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. “This show was fantastic!! We really enjoyed every minute of it!! We were originally going to another show and changed to this one at the last minute!! Sooooo glad we did!!,” — Melinda Alsop

RESPECT: The Musical

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 this dramatic musical presentation.

“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!”

SISTAS: The Musical

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After 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 story through music in her spirited, off-Broadway production, SISTAS: The Musical. Marcic’s SISTAS finds solace and honesty in a musical journey from Ma Rainey to Beyoncé 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, I Have Nothing, and Single Ladies, this 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.

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This One’s for the Girls

This One's for the Girls

This One’s For the Girls is a high-energy, historical and hysterical look at women’s changes from 1900 to today as illustrated by popular song, portrayed by a narrator and three breathtakingly talented singers. It is a lively and engaging look at music’s depiction of women, as they go from codependence to independence.

Written by former Vanderbilt professor, author, and playwright Dorothy Marcic, This One’s For the Girls carries the audience 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. “I’ll do anything for you; just be my baby, even if you’re no good and treat me bad; just LOVE me and I’ll stand by my man.” 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, ready to stand on her own with or without a man. Messages encompassed I Am Woman – Hear Me Roar, to I Will Survive and encouraged women to find their own dreams.

Interwoven between the music are monologues – real women’s stories, which give more meaning to the songs. The show includes 63 song excerpts and grew out of playwright Dorothy Marcic’s research and subsequent book (published in 2002) on women’s Top-40 songs, which showed how women are portrayed differently in each era. Her one-woman show, which traveled all around the US and the world, developed into the current musical theater production.

Dr. Dorothy Marcic, professor, author, & playwright, created the show based on her book, RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, where she analyzed all Top-40 female song lyrics since 1900.