Strong Women On Stage

Show-Score

All of these shows pass the Bechdel Test.

Waitress Waitress | By Joan Marcus


Open run

Wicked

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Clever
93
Critics
69
31 reviews
Members
93
17802 reviews

Now in its fourteenth year on Broadway, this all-ages spectacle follows the untold true story of the Witches of Oz.

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"Wicked" looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

 

Open run

Waitress

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting
87
Critics
75
62 reviews
Members
87
3063 reviews

Inspired by the film of the same name, the Broadway musical 'Waitress' features songs by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.

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Jenna is a waitress and expert pie maker in a small town who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus.

 

Ends Aug 06

Indecent

Members say: Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
87
Critics
84
101 reviews
Members
87
957 reviews

Vineyard Theatre's critically acclaimed production of playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman's play about a controversial Yiddish show transfers to Broadway.

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'Indecent' is based on the real-life events surrounding the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's 'The God of Vengeance,' considered to be a seminal work of Jewish culture by some, and a piece of traitorous libel by others. Peppered with popular songs of the era, this play charts the history of that incendiary work, the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it, and the evolving identity of the culturally rich community that inspired its creation.

 

Open run

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy
79
Critics
74
10 reviews
Members
79
135 reviews

A revival of the nostalgic revue, set at a 1958 high school prom where we meet The Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts.

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'The Marvelous Wonderettes' takes a cotton candy-colored musical trip down memory lane, paying homage to the high school song leader squads of the 1950s. When called upon to perform at their senior prom, four girls rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony. Audiences experience their lives and loves through more than 20 chart-topping hits of the era.

 

Open run

War Paint

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow
76
Critics
68
71 reviews
Members
76
933 reviews

Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole come to Broadway in this new musical about rival cosmetic titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.

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Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country's first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their remarkable rivalry was ruthless, relentless, and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men. Costarring Tony nominees John Dossett and Douglas Sills, and directed by Tony nominee Michael Greif.

 

Ends Sep 03

Napoli, Brooklyn

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
75
Critics
65
24 reviews
Members
76
189 reviews

The Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness set in 1960s Brooklyn.

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The Muscolinos have raised three proud and passionate daughters. But as the girls come of age in a rapidly changing world, their paths diverge—in drastic and devastating ways—from their parents’ deeply traditional values. Despite their fierce love, each young woman harbors a secret longing that, if revealed, could tear the family apart. When an earth-shattering event rocks their Park Slope neighborhood, life comes to a screeching halt and the Muscolino sisters are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future.

 

Ends Jul 30

The Traveling Lady

Members say: Slow, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Great writing
75
Critics
75
25 reviews
Members
75
68 reviews

Cherry Lane Theatre revives Horton Foote's 1955 play, a searching look into America's heart and soul, and a poignant story of loss and redemption. 

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'The Traveling Lady' is the tale of an intrepid woman who journeys to a small town in Texas to reunite with her husband upon his release from prison. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the production is part of Cherry Lane Theatre's 2nd Founder's Project, and a co-production with La Femme Theatre Productions.

 

Ends Aug 27

Marvin's Room

Members say: Great acting, Slow, Funny, Disappointing, Absorbing
73
Critics
67
43 reviews
Members
74
259 reviews

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway premiere of Scott McPherson’s award-winning play about the laughter that can shine through life’s darkest moments. Starring Janeane Garofalo and Lili Taylor.

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Lee (Garofalo) is a single mother who's been busy raising her troubled teenage son, Hank. Her estranged sister Bessie (Taylor) has her hands full with their elderly father, his soap opera-obsessed sister, and a brand-new life-or-death diagnosis. Now the siblings are about to reunite for the first time in 18 years. Are Lee’s good intentions and makeover skills enough to make up for her long absence? Can Bessie help Hank finally feel at home somewhere… or at least keep him from burning her house down? Can these almost-strangers become a family in time to make plans, make amends, and maybe make a trip to Disney World?

 

Set in the not-too-distant future, Women in Combat Theatre Project's new drama follows the first official mixed-gender infantry unit in the U.S. Army from training to deployment.

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A ‘Bullet Catcher’ is Army slang for infantrymen. They live and die on the front lines and carry this nickname like a badge of honor. The honorable men who volunteer for this service don’t take it lightly. Neither do the women. Told in part through dance, music, and poetry, 'Bullet Catchers' is a collaboratively written play based on interviews with current service members and veterans, as well as members of the Women in Combat Theatre Project's ensemble.

 

Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s all-female production of Shakespeare's complex, swashbuckling history play tackles the pursuit of glory, the pleasure of humor, and even a little French romance.

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Following the death of his father, King Henry V ascends to the throne of England and soon makes a claim to parts of France based on distant ancestral ties. When the prince of France responds insultingly, Henry embarks upon a war with England's great rival.

 

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