Respect: A Musical Journey of Women
by Dorothy Marcic
Full Length Musical / 4f
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"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 obviou…
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
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Narrator, white, middle-aged, looks intelligent. She must not be extremely overweight and she should look believably of Norwegian descent.
White. Younger (20's to early 30's), bouncy energy, even ditsy. Able to sing jazz and pop. She is innocent and naïve. She needs to find her own strength, which shows up as becoming less naïve. She finally realizes she has been taken advantage of and learns she needs to be her own person.
African-American, young or up to mid-40's. Can sing jazz, soul, R&B. She is too abrasive-the hard-hearted Hannah, and needs to find her vulnerability. Real courage is not displayed by aggression or overdone power. She learns to temper her strength, to push back in more productive ways.
White. Younger (20's to early 40s). Able to sing Broadway and pop. She doesn't have any self-confidence. Her only source of strength is her sexuality and her body, which she nonetheless detests. She finally learns to accept herself and find inner strength.
- Expandable casting
The cast can be expanded to 12 characters.