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A high-energy celebration of women featuring Top-40 songs like RESPECT, Stand by Your Man, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, These Boots are Made for Walkin’, I Will Survive, Greatest Love of All.
This One’s For the Girls is a high-energy, historical and hysterical look at women’s changes from 1900 to today as illustrated by popular song, portrayed by a narrator and three breathtakingly talented singers. It is a lively and engaging look at music’s depiction of women, as they go from codependence to independence.
Written by former Vanderbilt professor, author, and playwright Dorothy Marcic, This One’s For the Girls carries the audience 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.
Interwoven between the music are monologues—real women’s stories, which give more meaning to the songs. The show includes 63 song excerpts and grew out of playwright Dorothy Marcic’s research and subsequent book (published in 2002) on women’s Top-40 songs, which showed how women are portrayed differently in each era. Her one-woman show, which traveled all around the US and the world, developed into the current musical theater production.
Dr. Dorothy Marcic—professor, author, & playwright—created the show based on her book, RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, where she analyzed all Top-40 female song lyrics since 1900.
In This One’s for the Girls, the audience is taken on a joyful and dramatic musical journey with women who have progressed from being property of their husbands to becoming presidents of countries in the 21st century!
St. Luke’s Theatre
308 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036