From "Someone to Watch Over Me" to "I Will Survive." It's the journey of women, told through Top-40 music in the new musical production RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women
. From the codependence of "I Will Follow Him" to the anger of "These Boots are Made for Walking," to the cynicism of "What's Love Got to Do with it," and finally to the strength of "Hero." Combining excerpts of 60 songs with women's own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more, this show is "exhilarating!" It's more than just a story worth telling, it's a must-see and must-hear.
For more than the first half of the last century, the voice of women in Top-40 popular music has been one of neediness and dependency. I'll do anything for you; just be my baby, even if you're no good and treat me bad; just LOVE me and I'll stand by my man. By the end of the century, things were quite different. Popular music had come far enough so that women looked for the hero within themselves, were urged to get on their feet and make it happen, ready to stand on her own with or without a man. Messages encompassed "I am woman-hear me roar," to "I will survive" and encouraged women to find their own dreams.
Vanderbilt professor Dr. Dorothy Marcic created the show based on her book, RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, where she analyzed all Top-40 female song lyrics since 1900.
"No doubt about it: 'Respect,' a 'Girl Em-Powered Musical' that examines women's roles in American popular music, packs plenty of entertainment value." - Los Angeles Times
"Vanderbilt professor Dorothy Marcic has avoided many obvious theatrical and political pitfalls in her survey of women in popular music in 20th-century America. What began as a scholarly book has morphed into a lively, entertaining journey through heartache, joy, and liberation, avoiding the preachiness or stridency of some academic feminists." -Backstage
"Another huge hit with its new production of Dorothy Marcic's Respect - A Musical Journey of Women." - The Monitor
"A jukebox musical revue at its finest, Respect strives to tell the tale of the American woman’s journey from 1900 to the present through the Top 40 hits of the times. Peppered with Ella Fitzgerald classics like "Hard Hearted Hannah" and ballads like "Bewitched," as well as female anthems like Helen Reddy’s "I Am Woman," and MarTina McBride’s "This One’s For the Girls," Respect is a respectable slice of bubble gum fare. Once you accept this show for what it is, you’ll be in for one heck of a fun ride, complete with some of your favorite songs from the twentieth century." - Broadway world.com