Women are a force on Broadway! Some of the finest musical pieces are written by whole female production teams. See some of the best musicals!
All eyes will be on Jill Santoriello when her new musical “The Power of Women” premieres at the Al Hirschfeld Theater in 2008. In addition to perfecting the original material on which the musical is based, she has also worked on musicals with actors who have appeared in 9 to 5 films worldwide, including Kate Winslet, Kate McKinnon, and Caroline O’Hara, among many others.
A Tale of Two Cities “will be shown at the Al Hirschfeld Theater in New York City through June 30, 2008. The show, which will be set in London, runs from June 29 to July 2, 2009, with the two-week and one-week nights taking place only on July 1, 2010.
Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori have teamed up to bring her musical life to life after Bechdel’s memoir about her formative years in New York City. Fun Home “shows Alison as a child, teenager, and adult, reflecting on her sexuality, her relationship with her mother, the relationship between her and her father and the woman holding the key fob, and her life as an adult.
The murder ballad is the kind of song you play after a person dies, but it’s never central. The musical was inspired by the life and death of a young woman in New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Since its world premiere at the Public Theater in 2013, “The Ring of Keys” has won five Tony Awards, moved into the Circle at Broadway’s Square Theatre, and become the first musical by a woman to win a Tony for best musical. It was performed in London and is yet to make its West End debut, although it is being re-evaluated.
In the murder ballad, three New Yorkers are trapped in a love triangle in which heartbreak eventually leads to blood. Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash have worked on it and brought the events of the song into their own musical form.
The ballad conquered London with a world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 and a second in London’s West End in 2011. Starring Will Swenson, Rebecca Hall, and Caissie Levy, it had its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2012. Later they moved to the Union Square Theatre, where she took over the cast the following year, as well as to the New York Theatre Company.
More than 100,000 children run away from home each year, but musicals never addressed the subject until Elizabeth Swados invented Runaways. Runaway, presented as a collection of standalone scenes, depicts children as “Let’s Be Kids” and “It’s not for Strangers,” but also as children who find themselves on the street for no reason.
These female production teams have given us some of Broadway’s greatest hits in literally every genre!