Leading Ladies on Broadway
March is Women’s History Month, so now is the perfect time for moms and daughters to pick a show to see together. And this is the perfect season for it, too, with lots of notable ladies creating top-notch theater both behind the scenes and onstage. Here are just a few notable Broadway shows with some dynamic leading ladies.
With a score by Sara Bareilles and a masterful performance by Jessie Mueller, Waitress is a smart, funny and poignant celebration of love and friendship among a trio of women working in a Southern pie shop.
Acclaimed stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett makes her Broadway debut in a new adaptation of an early, untitled play by Anton Chekhov, called The Present. This production, adapted by Andrew Upton, is set in the mid-1990s after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and will offer a more modern take on historic Russia.
Oscar-winner Sally Field, meanwhile, will return to Broadway after a 15-year hiatus to star as Amanda Wingfield in the latest revival of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ memory play about women (and men) unable to forget the past and afraid to face the future. And 20 years after making headlines (and taking home a Tony® and Drama Desk Award) for playing faded film star Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, Glenn Close is coming back to play the role again.
And finally, Bette Midler will also make her long-awaited return to Broadway in the even-more long-awaited revival of Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly!, playing that indomitable Dolly Gallagher Levi, a “woman who arranges things, like furniture and daffodils and lives.”
We got a chance to talk to Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, who shared some exciting statistics with us.
She revealed, “On stage and off, it’s a historic time for women in the theatre. With so many women starring, creating, directing, managing and producing Broadway shows, it’s clear that our professional development programs are encouraging the growth of performance and non-performance careers. Women generally represent about 67% of the audience and are more likely to make the purchasing decision than their male counterparts, so I can only imagine that many are booking their Spring Broadway shows now!”
In fact, now is the best time to book Broadway for the Spring. We recommend purchasing tickets early with your preferred travel provider to secure seats and make Broadway a must-do on your NYC itinerary. For family-friendly treat, moms could hardly do better than to nab tickets to these women-powered shows!