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
16699 reviews

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

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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.

 

Ends Jun 18

The Little Foxes

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent
87
Critics
84
30 reviews
Members
88
149 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
2614 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 staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
85
Critics
84
80 reviews
Members
86
349 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 May 07

Angel & Echoes

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking
86
Critics
79
15 reviews
Members
87
47 reviews

These two timely one acts tell stories of women devastated by war who find ways to triumph on their own terms. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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In 'Angel,' Rehana is a young law student who joins the resistance when the town of Kobani is besieged, and quickly discovers that she had a talent for killing. This solo play is inspired by the real-life "Angel of Kobani," a female sniper who held ISIS in check for over a year in war-torn Syria. 

'Echoes,' which played at 2016's Brits Off Broadway festival with a different cast, tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart. One is a student Jihadist from England. The other is a Victorian member of the Fishing Fleet, women who traveled to East Asia to wed the men setting up the Empire. Both are idealists: intelligent adventurers, with strong religious beliefs. And both travel to foreign lands with a mission to impose a system of government upon an unwilling people.

 

Ends Sep 17

Sweat

Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing
81
Critics
80
83 reviews
Members
82
393 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.'

 

Open run

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy
80
Critics
74
10 reviews
Members
80
121 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 14

Vanity Fair

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great acting
79
Critics
74
19 reviews
Members
81
60 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.'

 

Ends Sep 03

War Paint

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow
76
Critics
68
61 reviews
Members
77
438 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 16

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Delightful
74
Critics
73
11 reviews
Members
74
63 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 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.

 

Ends May 07

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

Members say: Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing
70
Critics
64
32 reviews
Members
72
161 reviews

Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and Tony winner Lena Hall star in Sarah Ruhl's new play at Lincoln Center about the boundaries of monogamy, the limits of friendship, and what happens when parents indulge their wild sides.

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At a dinner party in New Jersey, George (Marisa Tomei) and her husband talk with a fellow married couple about a younger acquaintance—a polyamorous woman (Lena Hall) who also hunts her own meat. Fascinated, they invite this mysterious woman and her two live-in boyfriends to a New Year’s Eve party which alters the course of their lives.