Women of Reinvention: Back to the Boards

August 13, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

She was the successful manager of a well-regarded restaurant. She was in her forties and had lost all her contacts. Still, she had to go back to the theater: “When you walk away from something you love, it doesn’t really go away. It simmers. It hides. It never lets you engage fully in what you’ve chosen to do. And then comes the lightning bolt.”

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Tonys 2013: Long Live the Drama Queens!

June 11, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

By Alexandra MacAaron

“There’s No Business Like Show Business,” the song proclaims.This past Sunday night, the crowd at Radio City Music Hall—along with millions of people watching the 67th Annual Tony Awards online and from home—would have agreed wholeheartedly. With so much extraordinary singing and dancing and acting, the level of joy was downright show-stopping.

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The Broadway League at Tony Time

June 9, 2013 by Charlotte St. Martin

Charlotte St. Martin

By Charlotte St. Martin

My No. 1 passion was the theater. So when a headhunter presented me with the role of Executive Director of the Broadway League, I knew it was the perfect role for my second act. Who gets to take her avocation and make it her vocation?

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Women to Watch at the 2013 Tony Awards

June 8, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

There will be a lot of talented women waiting in the wings at Sunday night’s Tony Awards (June 9, 8.m. EST, on CBS). There’s a distinct possibility that women will win both Best Direction of a Play and Best Direction of a Musical. And, if Cyndi Lauper wins Best Original Score, she will be the first woman to do so.

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Kirsten Kelly on Film and Theater Directing: Nice Work If You Can Get It

April 30, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

The (pleasant) challenge for 40-year-old director Kirsten Kelly: Mount a play involving 50 brides and 50 flight-suited, helicopter-dangling grooms on the stage of a 60-seat theater.

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The Big Picture: ‘ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME,’ Episode 2

March 8, 2013 by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

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By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” is an always-entertaining, often startling, paean to an often irascible, fiercely perfectionistic, always independent, long-lived woman who has no intention of leaving the followspot behind.

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Sojourner Truth: Let Us Now Praise Extraordinary Women

March 5, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

Portrait of Sojourner Truth in 1850.

By Deborah Harkins

“Sojourner Truth was an architect of democracy as we know it! She was the first black woman feminist ever!” the opera director mused. “I started to get grumpy—Who has tucked this woman under the coffee table, and why have they done it?”

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Sojourner Truth: “And Aren’t I a Woman?”

March 5, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

By Deborah Harkins

Sojourner Truth’s stemwinder of a speech, set to music—with one change.

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(Video) Days of Their Lives: Amy Coleman, Chanteuse

November 29, 2012 by Amy Coleman

“Flamin’ Amy” Coleman has red hair and a voice “bigger than God.” Here, to inaugurate WVFC’s series “Days of Their Lives”—profiles of accomplished women with unusual jobs—is a peek into the everyday world of a chanteuse.

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(Video) A Good Day in the Life of a Chanteuse

November 29, 2012 by Amy Coleman

“Ohmigod, I just finished having dinner with the archbishop of La Cattedrale di San Marco Argentano, in his quarters. Eleven nuns cooking, cleaning, serving his every need. I just can’t help thinking, “What’s a nice Jewish girl like me doing in a place like this?”

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The New ‘Marie Antoinette’—a Tragicomic Requiem

September 18, 2012 by Alexandra MacAaron

The 1 percent vs. the 99 percent? I’m talking about eighteenth-century France. Versailles, in particular, where a frivolous, pea-brained princess and her equally dimwitted spouse went from fabulous royal phenoms to Public Enemies One and Two.

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Wednesday 5: Women of the Screen, the Stage, and the Page

July 25, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

This week’s Wednesday 5 is all about women dominating the arts on multiple platforms: the small screen (the Emmys), the big screen (international film festivals), the stage (Off Broadway), and the page (the memoir as art).

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Video: Audra McDonald, Judith Light, and Judy Kaye Capture 2012 Tony Awards

June 11, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

As Audra McDonald, Judith Light, and Judy Kaye walked away with 2012 Tony Awards, we reveled in their beautiful, moving, and funny acceptance-speech performances.

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Video: Spotlight on the Tonys—Tracie Bennett, “End of the Rainbow”

May 30, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

British actress Tracie Bennett has turned heads across oceans—first at the Laurence Olivier Awards, and now on Broadway, where she has a 2012 Tony Award nomination for ‘End of the Rainbow.’

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Tony Video Pick #4: Cynthia Nixon in ‘Wit’

May 22, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

Whether Cynthia Nixon ends up with a Tony statuette or not, we suspect that the words “Best Actress” will remain hers forever.

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