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
17098 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.” 

 

Ends Jul 02

Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Great writing, Intelligent
87
Critics
85
58 reviews
Members
88
358 reviews

Manhattan Theatre Club revives 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.

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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') directs.

 

Open run

Waitress

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Great acting
87
Critics
75
62 reviews
Members
87
2815 reviews

Inspired by the film of the same name, the Broadway musical 'Waitress' features songs by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, who is currently starring in the production. 

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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 Sep 10

Indecent

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
86
Critics
84
100 reviews
Members
86
555 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.

 

Ends Nov 05

Sweat

Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense
82
Critics
80
86 reviews
Members
83
514 reviews

After a successful run at the Public Theater last fall, Lynn Nottage's drama about the collision of race, class, family, and friendship in Reading, PA transfers to Broadway. 

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'Sweat' tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat. 'Sweat' delves into the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity. Written by Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Ruined.'

 

Ends Jun 11

Her Portmanteau

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
79
Critics
68
14 reviews
Members
82
48 reviews

'Sojourners' and 'Her Portmanteau' comprise a two-part theatrical event running in rep at New York Theatre Workshop. They're part of 'The Ufot Cycle,' a nine-play saga chronicling the matriarch of a Nigerian family.

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Decades after 'Sojourners,' the full impact of Abasiama’s decisions erupt when her family is reunited in 'Her Portmanteau.' As Nigerian traditions clash with the realities of American life, Abasiama and her daughters must confront complex familial legacies that span time, geography, language, and culture.

 

Open run

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy
79
Critics
74
10 reviews
Members
80
129 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.

 

Ends May 27

Vanity Fair

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Funny
79
Critics
75
22 reviews
Members
80
199 reviews

The Pearl Theatre Company presents a new stage adaptation of William Thackeray’s classic 19th-century novel, which exposes a society that cares more for good birth and good manners than skill.

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Becky Sharp, poor, plain, and devilishly clever, is determined to defy the odds through risky romantic entanglements, shady business practices, and social climbing at any cost. She won’t stop until the world lies at her feet. Adapted by and starring Kate Hamill, who wrote and performed in the award-winning 'Sense & Sensibility.'

 

Open run

War Paint

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow
76
Critics
69
66 reviews
Members
77
661 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 Jun 11

Sojourners

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Ambitious, Intelligent
74
Critics
66
25 reviews
Members
76
70 reviews

'Sojourners' and 'Her Portmanteau' comprise a two-part theatrical event running in rep at New York Theatre Workshop. They're part of 'The Ufot Cycle,' a nine-play saga chronicling the matriarch of a Nigerian family.

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In 'Sojourners,' a young, pregnant Abasiama struggles with the responsibilities of her arranged marriage as her husband becomes seduced by 1970s American culture. Intent on finishing her university studies so that she can return to Nigeria, Abasiama weighs her dreams and obligations as she attempts to move forward.

 

Ends Jun 16

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Fluffy
74
Critics
74
13 reviews
Members
74
88 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!

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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 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! The show is for ages 21 and up. Each ticket includes a complimentary drink. Standing room only.

 

Ends May 27

They Promised Her the Moon

Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal
63
Critics
66
5 reviews
Members
62
13 reviews

Miranda Theatre Company presents a new drama based on the true story of Jerrie Cobb, the "almost first" female astronaut.

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One of the famed Mercury 13, Cobb's test scores surpassed many of her male competitors' during rigorous psychological and physical testing in the early days of the country's space program. As such, she was almost the first woman in space. Cobb was reaching for the moon but hit the glass stratosphere, blocked not only by her gender but by notions of sisterhood and colliding egos. 'They Promised Her the Moon' tells her inspiring story.