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Leading Ladies on Broadway

The Broadway Collection

March is Women’s History Month, so now is the perfect time for moms and daughters to pick a show to see together. And this is the perfect season for it, too, with lots of notable ladies creating top-notch theater both behind the scenes and onstage. Here are just a few notable Broadway shows with some dynamic leading ladies.

With a score by Sara Bareilles and a masterful performance by Jessie Mueller, Waitress is a smart, funny and poignant celebration of love and friendship among a trio of women working in a Southern pie shop.

Acclaimed stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett makes her Broadway debut in a new adaptation of an early, untitled play by Anton Chekhov, called The Present. This production, adapted by Andrew Upton, is set in the mid-1990s after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and will offer a more modern take on historic Russia.

Oscar-winner Sally Field, meanwhile, will return to Broadway after a 15-year hiatus to star as Amanda Wingfield in the latest revival of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ memory play about women (and men) unable to forget the past and afraid to face the future. And 20 years after making headlines (and taking home a Tony® and Drama Desk Award) for playing faded film star Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, Glenn Close is coming back to play the role again.

And finally, Bette Midler will also make her long-awaited return to Broadway in the even-more long-awaited revival of Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly!, playing that indomitable Dolly Gallagher Levi, a “woman who arranges things, like furniture and daffodils and lives.” For family-friendly treat, moms could hardly do better than to nab tickets to this classic.

Author: Jena Tesse Fox