Today is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The first International Women's Day gathering in 1911 was supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Today, the day is celebrated all around the world, inspiring women and celebrating their achievements. We wanted to take the time to recognize some of the powerful and inspiring female characters here on Broadway, who are based on real people!
Carole King - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Carole King is one of the most successful American female songwriters of the 20th Century, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Her album Tapestry held the record for most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist for more than 20 years! In 2013, she was the recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, making her the first woman to be so honored. Catch the inspiring true story of this woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Cher - The Cher Show
For six straight decades, Cher has been breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. She is one of the best-selling music artists in history, having sold 100 million records worldwide to date. In fact, she is the only artist to have a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in six consecutive decades. Cher has won a Grammy Award®, several Golden Globe Awards®, an Academy Award®, an Emmy Award®, the Kennedy Center Honor, and many more for her life’s work. You can see her incredible story come to life in the unbelievably fabulous production of The Cher Show.
Beverly Bass - Come From Away
The first female pilot to be named captain by American Airlines, Beverly Bass certainly includes a place on this list. In 1986, she led the first all-female crew in the history of commercial jet aviation. On September 11, Bass was piloting a Boeing 777 to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when American airspace was forced to close due to the terror attacks. Her flight was ordered to land instead in Gander, Newfoundland and her experience, along with several others, of that day is now being featured in the breathtaking musical Come From Away.
Women have been shattering the metaphorical glass ceiling for the last century, and Broadway is telling their stories. We can’t wait to see what more is to come. Happy International Women’s Day!