Strong Women On Stage

Show-Score | By Raven Snook

All of these shows pass the Bechdel Test.

Waitress Waitress | By Joan Marcus

For the uninitiated, the Bechdel Test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. It's surprising how many works of art still fail that test! But all of these shows pass. So ladies, moms, and daughters can experience great theater, empowering stories, and finally see themselves on stage.

Open run

Wicked

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Clever
93
Critics
70
31 reviews
Members
93
14872 reviews

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

Long before Dorothy arrives, two other women meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery, and possesses an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” "Wicked" tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. "Wicked" is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello.

 

Open run

Waitress

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Great acting
87
Critics
75
62 reviews
Members
87
1863 reviews

Inspired by the film of the same name, the new Broadway musical 'Waitress' features songs by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and stars Tony winner Jessie Mueller.... Read more

Jessie Mueller ('Beautiful') is Jenna, 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.

 

Previews start Apr 04

Indecent

Members say: Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting
87
Critics
86
42 reviews
Members
87
119 reviews

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

'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 deeply moving 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.

 

Ends Feb 05

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Intense
86
Critics
82
30 reviews
Members
88
39 reviews

Irish theater company Druid makes its BAM debut with a 20th-anniversary revival of Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated pitch-black comedy about a very dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship.
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The first in McDonagh's trilogy of plays set in the sodden Irish backwater of Leenane, 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' tells the story of 40-year-old spinster Maureen Folan, who lives with her mother Mag in a dreamless hovel. The two trade insults and injuries in a vicious cycle of loveless care-taking until a glimmer of romance for Maureen sets in motion a chain of events as hilarious as it is terrifying. Druid co-founder Marie Mullen—who won a Tony for her performance as Maureen in the original Broadway mounting—ages into the fearsome role of Mag under the direction of co-founder and artistic director Garry Hynes, who also won a Tony for helming that production.

 

Open run

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy
81
Critics
74
10 reviews
Members
81
97 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.... Read more

'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.

 

Ends Feb 19

The Tempest (St. Ann's Warehouse)

Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful
82
Critics
80
21 reviews
Members
84
15 reviews

St. Ann's Warehouse presents the final installment of Donmar Warehouse's trilogy of all-female Shakespeare productions set in a women’s prison. Directed by Tony nominee Phyllida Lloyd
and featuring Harriet Walter.... Read more

After being exiled for decades to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the brother who stole his throne. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in Shakespeare's classic romance. St. Ann’s has been a proud home for this trilogy, which has ignited a cultural and social conversation about gender, equality, and aspiration on both sides of the Atlantic, as it empowers women to play Shakespeare roles normally reserved for men.

 

Previews start Mar 07

War Paint

Members say: Great singing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great cast
76
Critics
75
10 reviews
Members
77
5 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.

 

Ends Mar 18

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Cliched
74
Critics
74
9 reviews
Members
73
56 reviews

Go on a wild, immersive ride at the return engagement of this retro sci-fi musical about two astronauts who land on an alien planet of sexy warrior women who’ve never seen men!... Read more

In this loving send-up of '60s B-movies, two astronauts find themselves on an unfamiliar world populated solely by females. Though hesitant at first, the captain finally joins his crewmate in tasting the delicacies of the Wongo Flesh, in his case, the Queen. But sex isn't the only thing the Wongettes have in mind. They are also starving—and have very different plans for their male guests! Show is for ages 21 and up. Each ticket includes a complimentary drink. Standing room only.

 

Manhattan Theatre Club presents a new production of Lillian Hellman’s classic drama about greed and ambition, starring three-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon alternating in the roles of Regina and Birdie.... Read more

Set in Alabama in 1900, 'The Little Foxes' follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Rabbit Hole) will direct.

 

Third Space presents this theatrical reimagining of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's classic 1972 film about a famous and arrogant fashion designer and the women in her life. ... Read more

When a new model, Karin, enters the home of designer Petra von Kant, Petra's world—and career—rocket to manic heights. But in the midst of Petra’s euphoria, her submissive assistant, Marlene, senses a threat. When Karin becomes a superstar, leaving everything behind, Marlene is left to pick up the broken pieces. What Marlene does with those pieces will dictate the rest of her life. Featuring an all-female cast, 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant' delves into the tortured connections between desire and power in an industry driven by consumption.