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Celebrating the Power of Women Onstage and Off

February 15, 2018 by Suzy Evans
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Caissie Levy (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

When Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for “Fun Home” in 2015, they became the first female songwriting pair to win. The show’s Best Musical victory also made it the only tuner written by women to take home the top prize. The Tony Awards were founded in 1947, and almost 70 years later, a story by women and about women was celebrated for the first time.

That ripple of change has started to surface this season on Broadway. Two of this spring’s big, new musicals — “Frozen” and “Mean Girls” — have women as two-thirds of the writing team and put stories about how girls relate to each other center stage. Our cover star Caissie Levy, who stars as Princess Elsa, says “Frozen” is the first time she doesn’t have a love interest onstage.

This issue is a celebration of the women who work onstage and behind the scenes. In a year when women are dominating the conversation across the country and the rallying cries of #MeToo and Time’s Up finally have a megaphone, we want to stand in solidarity with women everywhere.

Click to read articles from the issue below.

Caissie Levy Breaks the Ice in ‘Frozen’ on Broadway

Caissie Levy will melt your heart as Elsa in ‘Frozen’ on Broadway, and she’s ready to let it all go onstage.

Keala Settle On Bringing ‘This Is Me’ to the Oscars Stage

From stagehand to Tony nominee to movie star, Keala Settle hit the big time in ‘The Greatest Showman.’ Next stop: the Oscars.

Erika Henningsen Is the Groolest in ‘Mean Girls’

‘Mean Girls’ is coming to Broadway, and here’s why you should be obsessed with the musical’s rising queen bee Erika Henningsen.

How Alexandra Silber Sees Theater Differently

Broadway actor Alexandra Silber shares why she believes theater should be for the people.

Drinks With LaChanze at Downtown Hot Spot The Wren

The star of the new Donna Summer musical, ‘Summer,’ pulls up a seat at the chic bar on the Bowery.

Here’s to the Ladies of Theater History

Take a trip down memory lane with this iconic Broadway performers.

Chef Amanda Cohen Paves Her Own Way at Dirt Candy

Amanda Cohen is on a quest for equality — for vegetables and women — in the restaurant industry.

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