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Musical celebrates journey of women through Top 40 hits

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Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012 3:00 pm

From “Stand By Your Man” to Aretha Franklin’s “R.E.S.P.E.C.T,” the musical “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women” returns to Phoenix for a limited three-week engagement to celebrate the story of women in the 20th century through Top 40 songs.  

The show will run at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, from Feb. 13 through March 3.

Created by Vanderbilt University professor Dr. Dorothy Marcic and based on her book, “RESPECT: Women and Popular Music,” the show includes hits such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” “Where The Boys Are,” “I Am Woman” and dozens more up to the present day. Marcic’s book analyzed Top 40 female song lyrics since 1900.

Performances will be Wednesdays at 2 and 7 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 for balcony seats and $57.50 for orchestra and mezzanine. Tickets are available at the Herberger Theater Center Box Office at 602-252-8497 or online at Group discounts are available for 20 or more people.

This high-energy musical combines excerpts from 60 songs with women’s stories about finding dreams, lost loves, relationship issues and entering the workplace. It’s the story of women from co-dependent to independent and from property of their husbands to presidents of corporations.

The original version of  the show in 1999 featured Marcic, and was developed into a full-scale musical theater production in 2004. The show has now played all over the United States, as well as around the world in cities including Melbourne and Brisbaine, Australia.

The show is produced by Philip Roger Roy and Dana Matthow, who have been bringing shows to Herberger Theater for the past four years including “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!”; “A Jew Grows In Brooklyn” and “RESPECT” (2009) and will bring a sequel to the first show, “My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays” to the Herberger from Dec. 19 through Jan. 20.

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